Cops hope­ful again as Cidco chair­man prom­ises hous­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected] hin­dus­tan­times. com Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected] hin­dus­tan­times. com G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected] hin­dus­tan­times. com

In a bid to pro­mote the use of eco-friendly prod­ucts to counter the ef­fects of global warm­ing, stu­dents of Ster­ling Col­lege, Nerul will un­der­take distri­bu­tion of 15,000 pa­per bags in Vashi and Nerul on April 5.

Around 100 stu­dents of class 11 of the col­lege have been mak­ing the bags since last week which will then be dis­trib­uted by a group of 20 stu­dents at Vashi and Nerul rail­way sta­tions at around 6.30pm. The stu­dents will also dis­trib­ute bags to phar­ma­cies in Nerul.

“The stu­dents have taken up the ini­tia­tive to send a strong mes­sage of pro­tect en­vi­ron­ment,” said Jayshree Daoo, prin­ci­pal of the col­lege. She added “The stu­dents’ ini­tia­tive is in­spired by a lec­ture that was con­ducted in col­leges re­cently high­light­ing the dis­ad­van­tages of plas­tic bags use.”

The col­lege has spe­cial plans for the se­nior ci­ti­zens as well.

“The col­lege will soon in­au­gu­rate a li­brary for the se­nior ci­ti­zens on its premises on April 12. The li­brary is built us­ing the funds col­lected by the stu­dents dur­ing Ganesh fes­ti­val. Now the money is utilised for a pos­i­tive cause,” she said.

“The li­brary will have 1000 books based on re­li­gion, phi­los­o­phy, health care, story book for chil­dren which will help the se­niors to nar­rate the sto­ries to their grand­chil­dren,” said Daoo.

She added “Reg­is­tra­tion fee for the li­brary would be nom­i­nal and the li­brary will be man­aged by the stu­dents them­selves.”

Cidco chair­man Pramod Hin­durao’s re­cent an­nounce­ment promis­ing al­lot­ment of land for the con­struc­tion of hous­ing com­plexes for the po­lice per­son­nel in the city has rekin­dled hopes amongst the cops. How­ever, only time will tell whether the as­sur­ance by City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion’s (Cidco) chair­man bears fruit.

Hin­durao made the state­ment dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of a new po­lice sta­tion at Kamothe re­cently. He as­sured those gath­ered there that the pro­posal for the al­lot­ment of a plot for po­lice quar­ters would be ap­proved by Cidco’s board of direc­tors dur­ing its next meet­ing.

How­ever, when con­tacted for de­tails about the project, Hin­durao re­fused to com­ment on it and said that home min­is­ter RR Patil would soon call a meet­ing in this re­gard. Fur­ther, he also ex­pressed hope that the is­sue would be re­solved dur­ing the meet­ing.

The pro­posal for the hous­ing project of the city po­lice per­son­nel has been pend­ing with the po­lice hous­ing de­part­ment for years. No ac­tion has been taken in this re­gard for long.

In fact, ear­lier Hin­durao had also an­nounced hous­ing projects for Rail­way project-af­fected peo­ple, jour­nal­ists and dab­bawalas in the city. But so far, noth­ing has ma­te­ri­alised.

The city’s po­lice com­mis­sion­er­ate has about 8,000 po­lice per­son­nel un­der it. Of th­ese, there are res­i­den­tial quar­ters avail­able for around 1,500 to 2,000 po­lice­men be­long­ing to Ra­bale, Vashi, Turbhe, CBD Be­la­pur, Uran, Kalam­boli po­lice sta­tions.

Ef­forts are un­der­way to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion to the re­main­ing 80% po­lice per­son­nel. As of now, most live in Thane and Mum­bai and have to travel to and from Navi Mum­bai for their 18hour work day.

The Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party has re­leased a man­i­festo for the by-elec­tion to ward No. 54 in Vashi show­cas­ing its devel­op­ment work and as­sur­ing res­i­dents that the ward too would ben­e­fit from its poli­cies if its can­di­date Vi­jaya Thakur was elected.

The man­i­festo, in English, Marathi and Hindi, was re­leased by state min­is­ter and guardian min­is­ter Ganesh Naik in the pres­ence of other lead­ers. Naik asked res­i­dents to elect Thakur to en­sure devel­op­ment.

Mean­while, Shiv Sena also cir­cu­lated a pam­phlet claim­ing that the devel­op­men­tal work had been done by former NCP cor­po­ra­tor and now Shiv Sena can­di­date Vithal More

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