10 days of dark­ness on Nerul bridge as NMMC de­lays bill

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Ab­hishek Desai ab­hishek. [email protected] hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.”

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