Pe­ti­tion in high court to form Kharghar mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion City po­lice­men un­dergo free health check-up

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

United Kharghar Ac­tion Com­mit­tee has filed a public in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion (PIL) in the Bom­bay high court, de­mand­ing form­ing Kharghar mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion.

The PIL could cre­ate hur­dles in the cre­ation of the pro­posed Pan­vel mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion (PMC) as Kharghar is ex­pected to be a part of it.

A mem­ber of the com­mit­tee said, “The high court had re­cently given or­ders to the state gov­ern­ment to take a de­ci­sion on PMC within a week. The gov­ern­ment is ex­pected to de­clare for­ma­tion of the new cor­po­ra­tion any­time soon.”

He added, “If we had filed our PIL af­ter the gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment, our PIL would have been re­jected.”

The City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) has built a golf course, metro, Cen­tral Park, sky­walk and many projects are on, he said.

“Dur­ing the hear­ing on PMC at Konkan Bha­van, there were 2,955 sug­ges­tions and ob­jec­tions from Kharghar alone. How­ever, our op­po­si­tion was not taken into con­sid­er­a­tion,” he said.

He added, “Kharghar is dif­fer­ent from Pan­vel re­gion which has hardly de­vel­oped. It would be a catas­tro­phe if it is in­cluded in PMC. The de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion will be af­fected.”

Dur­ing the hear­ing on Thurs­day, the gov­ern­ment lawyer told the court that the state has al­ready de­cided to form the cor­po­ra­tion in­clud­ing the Kharghar node and ex­clud­ing 36 vil­lages of Navi Mum­bai Air­port In­flu­ence No­ti­fied Area (NAINA).

“Our lawyer asked the gov­ern­ment to pro­duce some doc­u­ments to show the le­gal­ity of for­ma­tion of Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion. The gov­ern­ment lawyer, how­ever, failed to do so. The court has given him a week’s time to col­lect and pro­duce the doc­u­ment be­fore the court. The next hear­ing is on Septem­ber 8,” said SH Kalawat, con­vener of UKAC.

More than 35 po­lice­men, in­clud­ing po­lice of­fi­cers and con­sta­bles, un­der­went a health check-up on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day at Vashi po­lice sta­tion at Sec­tor 2.

Or­gan­ised by Ster­ling Wock­hardt Hospi­tal, the checkup in­cluded ECG, di­a­betes test­ing, X-ray, CBC and free con­sul­ta­tion by se­nior con­sul­tants, gen­eral physi­cian and di­eti­cian. The camp was con­ducted un­der the guid­ance of Vashi po­lice sta­tion se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor Ajay Ku­mar landge.

Ster­ling Wock­hardt Hospi­tal Vashi, cen­tre head Dr Me­hul Kalawa­dia, said: “Dur­ing fes­ti­val time, po­lice are un­der a lot of men­tal and phys­i­cal stress which leads to var­i­ous health prob­lems.”

He added, “The po­lice­men work at least 14 to 15 hours a day dur­ing the fes­ti­val time. They for­get about their health.”

Stated Kalawa­dia, “Fo­cus­ing on these as­pects, we con­ducted the camp. We will con­duct more such health camps for Navi Mum­bai po­lice in the fu­ture.”

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