Residents pick up shovels to complete stalled subway work
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.”
The subway is located near the Navi Mumbai Sports Association at Sector 6, Vashi, and below the Sion-Panvel highway.