10 days of darkness on Nerul bridge as NMMC delays bill
NERUL: After being in the dark for about 10 days, the power supply was finally restored on the bridge connecting Seawoods east and west on Thursday.
The bridge located near Seawoods-Darave railway station had no lights along its 700m length since January 7, as state electricity board had disconnected the power supply due to non-payment of the electricity bill.
The bridge which was built by the Cidco was handed over to the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) last year. An official from CIDCO informed that the corporation was entitled to pay the electricity bull and a letter was sent to the electrical department of NMMC, asking them to clear the due amount of Rs. 3.89 lakh. But the civic body kept delaying it under the pretext of lack of paperwork.
An official from the electrical department of the corporation said, “The delay was because of some confusion over who had to pay the bill but we got a nod from the commissioner and we cleared it on Thursday. The bridge has electricity now and there shouldn’t be any problems henceforth.”
Residents of the area heaved a sigh of relief but said they had a difficult time the past week and authorities should have acted sooner.
Somnath Chougule, 42, gen- eral secretary of Apang Utkarsh Seva Sanstha and a resident of Seawoods sector- 42, said, “It was not just the bridge which was affected, the road leading to the station also had no lights. I’m handicapped and it wasn’t easy for me to go to the station in the night. We are hoping this doesn’t happen again.”