TICKET COUNTER RE­OPENS AT SEAWOOD-DARAVE RAIL­WAY STA­TION All pot­holes will be filled up be­fore Gan­pati, says NMMC Turbhe res­i­dents to protest dumping of garbage on Aug 22

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A ticket counter on the east of the Sea­woods-Darave rail­way sta­tion was opened from Thurs­day. While the win­dow will op­er­ate for a spe­cific pe­riod, com­muters are de­mand­ing an ex­ten­sion of its work­ing hours.

Many com­muters had been fac­ing in­con­ve­nience as there was no ticket counter on the east. They had to walk a lot to get to the west side to buy tick­ets. The rail­ways started a ticket counter on the east in 2013. How­ever the ticket-book­ing counter was closed within a few days.

Fol­low­ing protests, the ticket win­dow was again op­er­a­tional but only be­tween 8am and 4pm.

The tim­ing was later ex­tended to 7am to 9.30pm. Some months later, the win­dow was again shut.

The Navi Mum­bai Rail­way Pas­sen­gers’ As­so­ci­a­tion had been fol­low­ing up on the is­sue with rail­way au­thor­i­ties. The au­thor­i­ties fi­nally opened the win­dow on Thurs­day. It will func­tion from 10am to 8pm.

Rail­way au­thor­i­ties claim that lack of ad­e­quate de­mand has pre­vented the open­ing of the ticket win­dow for long hours.

Deepak Gharat, a res­i­dent of Nerul, said, “We are de­mand­ing that the ticket counter be open from 5am to 9pm if not for 24 hours. Mem­o­ran­dums tow the ef­fect have been sub­mit­ted to the au­thor­i­ties.”

The NMMC ad­min­is­tra­tion has started fill­ing the pot­holes in the city af­ter get­ting a flood of com­plaints.

The is­sue was raised in the stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing as well. The ad­min­is­tra­tion has said the pot­holes will be filled be­fore Ganeshot­sav.

Pot­holes around Sar­sole de­pot at Nerul have been re­paired. Sim­i­lar work has been taken at other de­pots and places in the city.

NMMT buses had been suffering dam­ages due to the pot­holes in de­pot. The pas­sen­gers too suf­fered as the buses ne­go­ti­ated the pot­holes and at times ran over them.

Re­cently, there was a mishap in­volv­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle. De­spite sev­eral com­plaints by pas­sen­gers, no ac­tion had been taken un­til a cou­ple of days ago.

Ghan­soli cor­po­ra­tor Prashant Patil had said in the stand­ing com­mit­tee that there are 798 pot­holes in Ghan­soli.

Cor­po­ra­tor Jagdish Patil had raised the is­sue of pot­holes on Mukund com­pany road. Cor­po­ra­tor Shub­hangi Patil had com­plained that due to the pot­holes on Sion-Pan­vel high­way, Turbhe gaon and nearby res­i­dents were have a har­row­ing time.

Ac­cord­ing to city en­gi­neer Mo­han Da­gaonkar, “Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner and I have been con­tin­u­ously fol­low­ing up with PWD on the pot­hole is­sue on Sion-Pan­vel high­way. They tell us that it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of their con­trac­tor SPTL which un­der­took the road-widen­ing project.”

He added, “They have as­sured us that they too have taken up the work and as­signed teams to fill up the pot­holes. We had asked them to grant us per­mis­sion for the re­pair work.”

On the other com­plaints, Da­gaonkar said, “Though Ghan­soli node has not been trans­ferred to us yet, we have taken up the re­pair work there. Ten­ders have been called for con­cretiza­tion of Mukund road.”

He said, “We have taken up the re­pair work of the roads all over the city. We are con­fi­dent that the is­sues will be re­solved be­fore Ganeshot­sav.”

Res­i­dents of Turbhe have planned a mas­sive ag­i­ta­tion at the NMMC head­quar­ters on Au­gust 22.

They are protest­ing against the al­leged dumping of garbage from the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) nodes at the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s (NMMC) land­fill site in Turbhe.

Turbhe has a pop­u­la­tion of around 1.5 lakh.

Girish Surya­van­shi, a lo­cal res­i­dent, said, “Garbage from Kharghar, Kalam­boli and Cidco ar­eas near Pan­vel is be­ing dumped in the land­fill site of Turbhe.”

He said, “As the land­fill site was shifted here, the res­i­dents have been suffering from var­i­ous dis­eases.”

Ra­jesh Patil, an­other res­i­dent, said: “A few months ago, the then mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Di­nesh Wagh­mare and city en­gi­neer Mo­han Da­gaonkar vis­ited the site. He had as­sured us that the land­fill site is­sue will be re­solved. But, no ac­tion has been taken.”

He said, “Now with Cidco garbage too be­ing dumped here, the sit­u­a­tion will get com­pletely out of hand.”

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