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This one is for the roads

BMC,MMRDA and PWD pass the buck as K-East ward residents suffer bad roads and poor sanitation,finds Mayura Janwalkar

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR | Published: June 11, 2013 3:22:16 am

BMC,MMRDA and PWD have been taking residents of K-East ward for a ride for the past 10 years.

With the 15 corporators in the ward also not helping,the residents don’t know who to appraoch to get roads repaired.

Corporators claim they have sent a number of reminders to the BMC central agency to repair major roads in the ward and cannot do much beyond.

The ward of 8,06,360 people has 63 major and 242 minor roads.

Andheri-Kurla is a road people going towards Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport from suburbs beyond Andheri cannot avoid. The road,which is also a connect between central and western suburbs,has been experiencing major jams due to construction of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor of Mumbai Metro since 2008.

Since the road is managed by MMRDA,BMC is not heeding commuter complaints.

Activist James John of AGNI said,“BMC and MMRDA don’t see eye to eye. When there are multiple agencies,there is no accountability. Everyone keeps passing the buck.”

Independent corporator Jyoti Alavani from Vile Parle (East) said corporators had been funding repair of small roads but they did not have the power to undertake repair of major roads.

“Little was done in the last five years. This year,we have undertaken repairs of a road near Dahanukar College and Prarthana Samaj Road.”

Congress corporator Kesarben Patel from Veravali,MIDC,said she had undertaken repair of 45 minor roads in bylanes and slums and sent at least 25 reminders to BMC regarding repair of major roads.

Aditya Khandekar (30),who grew up in Marol,said Marol Maroshi Road to SevenHills Hospital,SEEPZ,Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road and further to Goregaon through Aarey Milk Colony was in dire need of repair for the past six years but BMC and MMRDA were fighting over jurisdiction.

“Not in the last one year,but I met the corporator and the ward officer of the area a number of times before. We even had joint meetings. They said the road had been transferred to MMRDA but when I wrote to MMRDA they replied it had been handed back to BMC,” he said.

John said MMRDA was in charge of Andheri-Kurla Road. “The other roads are all with BMC.”

“Marol Maroshi Road was with MMRDA. It was handed over to BMC in a very poor condition about two-three years ago,” said corporator Pramod Sawant of Shiv Sena.

He said he had listed repairs to be carried out in the next accounting year. The proposal has to be cleared by the BMC standing committee and incorporated in next budget.

The ward also needs greater sanitation. Residents complained of BMC trucks not picking up garbage properly. The 28-sq-km ward generates 700 MT of garbage every day.

“The problem is not just garbage not being picked up. Dumps are not cleared. The area needs to be swept clean and insecticides sprayed,” said John.

Alavani said: “I have installed a number of bins using PSC fund. Corporators in K-East ward have used up 95.74 per cent of PSC fund between April 2012 and March 2013.”

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