‘Ghan­soli pot­holes to be filled up in 5 days’

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

The NMMC has as­sured that pot­holes in Ghan­soli node and vil­lage ar­eas will be filled be­fore Ganeshot­sav. The as­sur­ance came fol­low­ing a meet­ing with a del­e­ga­tion of Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Sena. The party has threat­ened an ag­i­ta­tion if the work is not com­pleted in time.

A del­e­ga­tion led by San­deep Galu­gade, the city MNS sec­re­tary met deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (Zone II) Am­r­ish Pat­nigere and ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer Anil Ner­pa­gar.

Galu­gade said, “The roads in Ghan­soli nodal area and vil­lages are in a bad shape. It is not clear whether there are pot­holes in roads or roads in pot­holes.”

He added, “There have been a num­ber of ac­ci­dents in the area and it could get worse dur­ing Ganeshot­sav. Ev­ery year, we have to wake up the ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

Pat­nigere said, “The nec­es­sary files for the re­pair work have been cleared and work is cur­rently on. Though Cidco has not yet trans­ferred Ghan­soli to us, we have got sanc­tion for the re­pair work of roads there.”

Pat­nigere said, “Once the node is trans­ferred to us, which should hap­pen within a month, the prob­lem will be solved per­ma­nently as we will then take long-term ac­tion.”

Galu­gade said, “We are hop­ing that the as­sur­ance given to us will be ful­filled. If it doesn’t, we will launch an ag­i­ta­tion against the de­lay.”

Ahead of Ganeshot­sav cel­e­bra­tions, the Navi Mum­bai po­lice will screen a doc­u­men­tary to ed­u­cate man­dal or­gan­is­ers on the safety of women, chil­dren and devo­tees.

The doc­u­men­tary will also give tips about the dos and don’ts in case of emer­gency.

“We are con­duct­ing meet­ings with dif­fer­ent man­adals and have sen­si­tised them about the chal­lenges they may face in those ten days,” said Dilip Sawant, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime).

“We are dis­cussing var­i­ous ini­tia­tives to be taken with the state anti-ter­ror­ism squad (ATS) to en­sure a peace­ful cel­e­bra­tion in the city. Thank­fully, un­like many other places of the state, Navi Mum­bai has not wit­nessed com­mu­nal ten­sion,” he added.

The po­lice are comb­ing sen­si­tive ar­eas to keep a tab on mis­cre­ants. “We are keep­ing a close watch on those who cre­ated trou­bles in the pre­vi­ous cel­e­bra­tions. If need be, we will de­tain some peo­ple be­fore and dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions,” Sawant said.

Man­dals have been asked to in­stall CCTV cam­eras. If re­quired, po­lice will help or­gan­is­ers mon­i­tor them, an of­fi­cial said.

“We have asked them (man­dals) to have sep­a­rate rows for male and fe­male devo­tees. They will have sign­boards to guide peo­ple if they spot some sus­pi­cious el­e­ments. Our bomb de­tec­tion and dis­posal squad will be ready,” said Dhan­raj Dayama, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice.

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