Mishap on Vashi bridge holds up traf­fic ‘In­quire about in­crease in hos­pi­tal beds’

ONE DEAD A dumper hit a bike, run­ning over the pil­lion rider; the driver was ar­rested; nor­mal traf­fic re­sumed by noon

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A 43-year-old woman pil­lion rider was killed after a dumper hit the mo­tor­cy­cle she was rid­ing on, on Fri­day.

The ac­ci­dent on Vashi creek bridge that took place around 10am, the peak time when the of­fice-go­ers are trav­el­ling to their work­place, led to a mas­sive traf­fic snarl stretch­ing up to Vashi.

The po­lice have ar­rested the dumper driver.

Di­nesh Ku­mar and his wife Bhag­wanti, res­i­dents of San­pada, were go­ing to a Jain tem­ple in Go­vandi on their bike when the ac­ci­dent took place.

As­sis­tant po­lice in­spec­tor Anand Patil of Vashi po­lice sta­tion said, “When they were on the Vashi creek bridge, they were hit from be­hind by a dumper. Di­nesh lost con­trol of his bike.”

He added, “Both fell and Bhag­wanti came un­der the wheel of the dumper and died. Di­nesh, who was in­jured was rushed to a hos­pi­tal.”

Di­nesh was an­gry and he the dam­aged the dumper by breaking the win­dow panes.

The ac­ci­dent led to traf­fic on the bridge com­ing to a halt dur­ing the peak hours. The traf­fic Sion-Pan­vel High­way was chock-a-block with ve­hi­cles till Mankurd oc­troi naka on Fri­day morn­ing.

jam ex­tended up to the Cen­tre One area of Vashi as ve­hi­cles moved at a snail’s pace on the creek bridge. Nor­mal traf­fic was re­sumed by noon.

The ac­ci­dent led to traf­fic

com­ing to a vir­tual halt on the Sion-Pan­vel high­way stretch from San­pada-Vashi area up to Mankhurd. There was also an­other mi­nor ac­ci­dent re­ported on the bridge later.

Sumeet De­sai, a mo­torist, said, “Due to the ac­ci­dent, the dumper was stuck on the bridge for quite some time. The ve­hi­cles pass­ing by were left with just one lane.”

He added, “While that led to a domino ef­fect on the traf­fic be­hind, there were also some mo­torists who were cu­ri­ous and stopped to in­quire about the ac­ci­dent. This led to fur­ther prob­lems.”

A traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cer said, “Though we were stretched the pre­vi­ous night due to the im­mer­sion ban­dobast, our per­son­nel rushed to the spot on get­ting the news of the ac­ci­dent.”

He added, “We did our best to keep the traf­fic mov­ing. It was the peak of­fice time and hence there was a huge rush. There were also sev­eral ve­hi­cles re­turn­ing from far-off places after Ganeshot­sav. This mul­ti­plied the num­ber of ve­hi­cles on the high­way.”

The of­fi­cer said, “We man­aged to get the traf­fic mov­ing within a cou­ple of hours after re­mov­ing the dumper from the ac­ci­dent spot.”

The Navi Mumbai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) stand­ing com­mit­tee hit out at the ad­min­is­tra­tion on Wed­nes­day on their de­ci­sion to in­crease the num­ber of beds in the three new civic hos­pi­tals.

The stand­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers ques­tioned the ad­min­is­tra­tion on not tak­ing the stand­ing com­mit­tee or the gen­eral body into con­fi­dence be­fore de­cid­ing to in­crease the num­ber of beds.

Chair­man of the stand­ing com­mit­tee Shivram Patil said, “Why did the ad­min­is­tra­tion not in­form us of this de­vel­op­ment? There are doubts of cor­rup­tion in the hos­pi­tal projects. There should be a thor­ough in­quiry into it.”

The three NMMC hos­pi­tals in Airoli, Nerul and CBD Be­la­pur, have been in the mak­ing for the over six years. The NMMC has spent crores on con­struct­ing these new hos­pi­tals. How­ever, de­spite sev­eral years of con­struc­tion, the hos­pi­tals are yet to start func­tion­ing.

Only the out­pa­tient depart­ment is func­tional now.

The civic body had planned 250 beds for the hos­pi­tals, 100 each at Airoli and Nerul and 50 at CBD Be­la­pur.

How­ever, in the stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, the ad­min­is­tra­tion in­tro­duced a res­o­lu­tion in which it stated that the hos­pi­tals will have 300 beds.

Patil ob­jected to it. He said, “When was the per­mis­sion taken for the ad­di­tional beds? Who took this de­ci­sion? How come none of us know about it?”

Not sat­is­fied with the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­ply, Patil said, “This seems to have been done on the or­ders of some po­lit­i­cal leader. There is a pos­si­bil­ity of cor­rup­tion here.”

He then or­dered a de­tailed in­quiry into the mat­ter and asked for the report to be sub­mit­ted to the civic body’s stand­ing com­mit­tee.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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