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
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.”