Res­i­dents pick up shov­els to com­plete stalled sub­way work

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: Lo­cal res­i­dents on Fri­day vol­un­teered to com­plete the sub­way work at Vashigaon af­ter it was stalled fol­low­ing Thane guardian min­is­ter Ek­nath Shinde’s di­rec­tions. The state PWD min­is­ter had given the in­struc­tion to stop work af­ter Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor Vithal More had raised ob­jec­tions over the work.

De­fy­ing More’s ob­jec­tion, scores of res­i­dents from sec­tors 1-9, led by for­mer cor­po­ra­tor, Av­inash Lad, and Nis­hant Bha­gat, pres­i­dent of the Thane Lok Sabha Congress youth cell, vol­un­teered to build a tem­po­rary road along the sub­way. The sub­way is lo­cated ad­ja­cent to Navi Mumbai Sports As­so­ci­a­tion en­trance in Sec­tor 6, Vashi, and be­low the newly ex­panded Sion-Pan­vel high­way.

The lo­cals also con­structed a ser­vice road along the old toll naka, Vashigaon- NMSA and threw it open to ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic.

The con­struc­tion of both the roads was stopped af­ter Shinde’s or­der. Shinde gave the or­der af­ter lo­cal More sub­mit­ted a list of signatures of lo­cal res­i­dents op­pos­ing the sub­way road and ser­vice road.

Mem­ber of MGM Hos­pi­tal trust, Marathi Sahitya San­skriti Mandir, Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Science Sw­pana Guha, Sa­cred Heart High school’s San­deep Thakur had also raised ob­jec­tions to the sub­way and ser­vice road.

NMMC chief en­gi­neer Mo­han Da­gaonkar had said: “The con­struc­tion of ser­vice road and sub­way will lead to heavy traf­fic jam in the area.”

The con­struc­tion of ser­vice road and sub­way road has be­come a po­lit­i­cal hot potato right be­fore the civic polls, with all stake hold­ers, in­clud­ing NGOs, politi­cians, res­i­dents, rais­ing ob­jec­tions over the civic work. How­ever, lo­cal NCP leader Vaib­hav Gaik­wad re­mained si­lent over the is­sue. Shiv Sena al­lege he is hand in glove with the Congress.

More said, “The guardian min­is­ter in­structed stop­page of ser­vice road and sub­way work fol­low­ing ob­jec­tion by res­i­dents. Congress has mo­bilised lo­cals to build the ser­vice road and sub­way road.” He said he will lodge a com­plaint with the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion against Congress for vi­o­lat­ing the model code of con­duct be­fore the elec­tions.

PWD ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer Ramesh Agawane said “I am not aware of the ser­vice road. It is NMMC’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to put bar­ri­cades along the ser­vice road to pre­vent ve­hi­cles from tak­ing this road.”

Nis­hant Bha­gat said “The sub­way road con­nects Vashigaon to Sec­tor 6 Vashi. With con­struc­tion of the sub­way road, peo­ple can reach hos­pi­tals, schools, col­leges within a few min­utes.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The sub­way is lo­cated near the Navi Mumbai Sports As­so­ci­a­tion at Sec­tor 6, Vashi, and be­low the Sion-Pan­vel high­way.

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