Mayor slams Mundhe over wa­ter me­ters 28-year-old Kalwa man blud­geons fa­ther to death

NMMC AC­TION Son­awane is up­set that hous­ing so­ci­eties are be­ing asked to in­stall elec­tronic wa­ter me­ters

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane took on mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe on Wed­nes­day at a press con­fer­ence at NMMC head­quar­ters.

Up­set over the NMMC ac­tion against hous­ing so­ci­eties that had not com­plied with its one­week no­tice to re­place ana­log wa­ter me­ters with elec­tronic ones, Son­awane warned that there could be a law and or­der prob­lem in the city.

He al­leged that the com­mis­sioner has taken ‘su­pari’ from the con­trac­tors sup­ply­ing such me­tres.

The out­rage came fol­low­ing an at­tempt to dis­con­nect wa­ter sup­ply at a com­mer­cial-cum­res­i­den­tial so­ci­ety at Vashi’s sec­tor 17 on Wed­nes­day.

Fol­low­ing protest by lo­cals, the ac­tion was sus­pended.

Son­awane said, “There should be no com­pul­sion and strict ac­tion on the meter is­sue.”

The mayor de­manded that the no­tices be can­celled im­me­di­ately.

“We had dis­cussed the is­sue in the gen­eral body meet­ing last week and in­structed the com­mis­sioner ac­cord­ingly. He has yet gone ahead with ac­tion. The com­mis­sioner does not care for gen­eral body de­ci­sions and does not even re­ply to my let­ter,” said Son­awane.

He said that the com­pa­nies which make wa­ter me­ters have been spec­i­fied. They make the me­ters on or­der.

“Around Rs15 crore worth of me­ters will have to be in­stalled in the city. The com­mis­sioner has taken su­pari from the com­pa­nies. The chief min­is­ter needs to take ur­gent ac­tion.”

Son­awane said, “The me­ters are not avail­able in the mar­ket. They can­not be re­placed in seven days. Be­sides, the me­ters are costly at Rs40,000 mak­ing them un­af­ford­able to most.”

He added, “We are not op­posed to elec­tronic me­ter­ing sys­tem but give res­i­dents time. The ad­min­is­tra­tion can in­stall the me­ters and then col­lect charges in in­stal­ments from the res­i­dents or wait till they are avail­able in the mar­ket.”

He said, “I will write on the is­sue to the chief min­is­ter. We will take up the is­sue in the gen­eral body on Septem­ber 2. The ad­min­is­tra­tion is sup­posed to im­ple­ment the poli­cies that we take.”

He added, “Res­i­dents should not al­low me­ters to be changed. If there is any force­ful ac­tion by civic of­fi­cials, they should op­pose it. No ac­tion will be al­lowed in the fes­tive sea­son.”

A 28-year-old Kalwa res­i­dent al­legedly mur­dered his fa­ther, as the lat­ter was al­ways suspicious of his mother’s char­ac­ter. The ac­cused also as­saulted his grand­mother and un­cle for pro­vok­ing his fa­ther, Arun, to abuse and beat his mother.

The man has been ar­rested and was iden­ti­fied as Vishnu Alzende, 28, who hails from Latur. The Alzende fam­ily used to live at Kalwa in Thane. Vishnu’s fa­ther and mother had been liv­ing sep­a­rately for the past six months. Vishnu is an HSC fail and a daily wage worker.

Vishnu has been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody till Septem­ber 3.

On Wed­nes­day around 12.30am, Vishnu left his house with a steel rod and went to his fa­ther’s place. He hit him on his head four to five times, due to which his fa­ther’s skull bone de­vel­oped a deep crack.

Later, he went to his grand­par­ents’ place at Shanti­na­gar in Mafat­lal, Thane, and as­saulted his grand­mother and un­cle. He went to the po­lice sta­tion and nar­rated the en­tire in­ci­dent to the po­lice, turn­ing him­self in. The cops took the vic­tims to Shivaji hos­pi­tal in Kalwa. Arun was de­clared dead.

Vishnu’s par­ents’ ar­gu­ments for the last few years had a neg­a­tive ef­fect on him. Since Arun was an al­co­holic, he of­ten used to abuse and beat his wife. Se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer M Bag­wan said, “On Wed­nes­day, Arun called up his wife and started abus­ing her. Vishnu took out his bike and grabbed a steel rod and left for Arun’s house.” The po­lice have also seized the steel rod.

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