Cops hopeful again as Cidco chairman promises housing
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