Kopar Khairane sub­way still un­us­able

NMMC claims to have ren­o­vated the sub­way but it con­tin­ues to be lit­tered with garbage, say res­i­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Even as the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) claims to have ren­o­vated the sub­way ad­ja­cent to Kopar Khairane rail­way sta­tion, the res­i­dents of the node do not use it.

Ac­cord­ing to res­i­dents, even af­ter the ‘ren­o­va­tion’ the sub­way is lit­tered with garbage. Some chil­dren also defe­cate in there. Be­sides, there is no proper light­ing in the sub­way.

Water­log­ging dur­ing the mon­soon is an­other rea­son why res­i­dents pre­fer not to use it. Some res­i­dents of the node had raised this is­sue with civic chief Tukaram Mundhe dur­ing one ‘walk with the com­mis­sioner’ ses­sion last month. Mundhe said he would do the need­ful fol­low­ing which some mea­sures were taken.

But the sub­way still re­mains un­us­able.

“This un­der­pass con­nects Kopar Khairane with the ThaneBe­la­pur Road across the rail­way tracks of the trans-har­bour line. Since it has not been used ever since it was built, the res­i­dents mainly use the sub­ways on the The sub­way con­nects Kopar Khairane with the Thane-Be­la­pur Road across the rail­way tracks of the trans-har­bour line.

sta­tion premises or the ad­ja­cent by­pass, which is used by mo­torists,” said Mri­nal Surve, 47, a res­i­dent of sec­tor 19.

“They are of­ten in­ter­ro­gated by ticket check­ers while us­ing the sub­ways of rail­way sta­tion. Us­ing the by­pass is also not safe for pedes­tri­ans be­cause of the speed­ing ve­hi­cles,” said Surve.

“Such in­fra­struc­ture is devel­oped by spend­ing the tax­pay­ers’

money for the con­ve­nience of the res­i­dents. De­spite hav­ing such a beau­ti­fully con­structed sub­way, if we can­not use it, why should the author­i­ties bother to de­velop un­der­passes and foot over­bridges?” he said.

Bhu­pal Mane, 31, an­other res­i­dent, said, “Rail­way sub­ways are only for train com­muters. As this sub­way is not com­muter­friendly, we are forced to en­ter rail­way premises and flout the rules. It’s sad that they are not both­ered about us risk­ing our lives when we use the danger­ous by­pass.”

Ashok Mad­hvi, NMMC ward of­fi­cer for Kopar Khairane, said, “We re­cently re­moved all the garbage from the sub­way and also cleaned the nearby ar­eas. We have kept one power pump to re­move the wa­ter ac­cu­mu­lated there. Thus, we have left no stone un­turned to en­sure safety of the peo­ple us­ing it.”

Sources, how­ever, said that the blame game be­tween the NMMC and Cidco is also one of the rea­sons why the sub­way has been aban­doned for so many years. The NMMC re­port­edly turns a blind eye to this un­der­pass, as it was devel­oped by Cidco.

Lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor Shankar More said, “The un­der­pass was con­structed by Cidco and so, they should also be re­spon­si­ble for its main­te­nance.”

Mo­han Ni­nawe, se­nior pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer of Cidco, said, “We will check with our rail­way depart­ment why the sub­way has been left unat­tended. They will take the req­ui­site mea­sures, in­clud­ing in­stalling lights in the sub­way.”

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