Make roads safe: Pan­vel res­i­dents to cops

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - HT Cor­re­spon­dent letters@hin­dus­tan­ Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

Res­i­dents of the city are in for a vis­ual treat of a va­ri­ety of North-Eastern art and cul­ture for the first time in the city on Satur­day, Au­gust 27.

The one day event ‘Songs and Dances of North-East’, con­cep­tu­alised by the North Eastern Coun­cil, Shil­long in co­or­di­na­tion with the depart­ment of tourism of Arunachal Pradesh will be or­gan­is­ing their se­cond edi­tion at Navi Mum­bai after the first suc­cess­ful edi­tion of the fest in Delhi last year.

The day-long pro­gramme will be held at Cidco Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­ven­tion hall at sec­tor 30 in Vashi from 10am to 10pm.

Var­i­ous per­for­mances on tra­di­tional dance forms from dif­fer­ent parts of the north-east like Lai­harabo, Cham, Tripuri, Bodo, and Garo will be per­formed by artistes.

Con­tem­po­rary mu­sic artistes such as Lou Ma­jaw, Guru Rew­ben, Omak Ko­mut Col­lec­tive, The Vinyl Records and oth­ers will be en­thralling the au­di­ence. There will be also a dis­play of mouth-wa­ter­ing north-east del­i­ca­cies.

The cel­e­bra­tion at Vashi will have Kiren Ri­jiju, Union Min­is­ter of State for Home Af­fairs as its guest. Wa­ter gushes out of a valve in a Tansa pipe­line at Balkum Naka, Thane, on Fri­day. The re­pair work of the pipe­line was un­der­way for the past few days and so the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion had shut the sup­ply of wa­ter from the pipe. After the re­pairs, the BMC re­opened the valve to ease the wa­ter pres­sure while re­sum­ing the sup­ply of wa­ter to Mum­bai on Fri­day.

In view of in­creas­ing traf­fic is­sues in the town, some se­nior cit­i­zens from New Pan­vel took the mat­ter to the author­i­ties on Wed­nes­day.

They met and dis­cussed spe­cific is­sues with the traf­fic depart­ment, of­fi­cials from Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil and some non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs). The traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers have as­sured them of a solution soon.

Aswathama Se­nior Ci­ti­zen Or­gan­i­sa­tion held the meet­ing on Wed­nes­day in New Pan­vel where PMC chair­per­son Charushila Gharat and po­lice in­spec­tor (traf­fic) Vi­jay Kad­vane were present.

Prakash Vichare, pres­i­dent of the or­gan­i­sa­tion said that there is il­le­gal park­ing near the rail­way sta­tion, shop­ping out­lets and the banks. “There is il­le­gal park­ing cre­ates prob­lems for com­muters go­ing to rail­way sta­tion ev­ery day and you can’t un­der­stand the is­sue un­less you ex­pe­ri­ence it your­self,” he said.

Ris­ing trend among youth of rid­ing mo­tor­bike in high speed and zig-zag way was also dis­cussed. Ac­cord­ing to mem­bers of the NGO, if the trend is not stopped, that it might be dan­ger­ous for both bik­ers and pedes­tri­ans. They sought im­me­di­ate ac­tion against those bik­ers who put oth­ers’ lives at risk.

The res­i­dents of New Pan­vel said the traf­fic is­sues are ris­ing with each pass­ing day. “We don’t get space to even walk as both sides of road are en­croached by il­le­gal park­ing. There is still no foot­path at sev­eral places. How will the chil­dren and the se­nior cit­i­zens walk?” said Ana­jali Patil, a res­i­dent of sec­tor 15 in New Pan­vel. She said the traf­fic depart­ment has a lot to do to clear the roads.

Il­le­gal park­ing in front of so­ci­ety gates was an­other is­sue raised in the meet­ing.

“Traf­fic chaos across the city is the main rea­son of il­le­gal park­ing es­pe­cially out­side hous­ing so­ci­eties,” said an­other mem­ber.

Traf­fic in­spec­tor Kad­vane said they had re­ceived ap­proval for some new equip­ment. He added that the traf­fic is­sue near HDFC chowk will be solved after hold­ing meet­ing with Cidco as there is a need to shrink the di­vider to make the road more spa­cious.

“If the di­vider is nar­rowed down, that will be­come a three-lane road and it will re­duce traf­fic chaos at the chowk. The traf­fic depart­ment will soon hold a meet­ing with Cidco for dis­cussing other is­sues of the area,” he added.


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