Since the past 12 days, one lane next to the footpath has been partially closed on RA Kidwai Marg in Wadala due to the preparations being undertaken by the city’s richest Ganesh mandal
Under the garb of Ganpati preparations, the richest Ganesh mandal in the city is blocking a road that leads to a school and college.
Since the past 12 days, one lane next to the footpath has been partially closed on RA Kidwai Marg in Wadala. Pic/Suresh KK
These are the allegations made by parents of children from the neighbouring school, and locals, against GSB Seva Mandal at Wadala. Since the past 12 days, one lane next to the footpath has been partially closed on RA Kidwai Marg of Wadala.
This closed lane is adjacent to six buildings and it ends at the entrance/exit point of GSB Mandal. There are four lanes in all on this road, separated by dividers in the middle and the road is frequently used by heavy vehicles like multi-axle trailers, trucks and tempos, apart from other smaller vehicles.
Amulakh Amichand school comes right next to the pandal, while SNDT college shares the ground where Mumbai’s richest Ganesh mandal is located. “Since August end the lane along the footpath has been closed and barriers have been placed and men are sitting at the start of the road.
It was very difficult while dropping children to the school early in the morning as they are forced to walk for a few minutes till the school premises,” said a parent whose child studies at this school. Many of the vehicles are forced to park on the second lane for dropping the kids at the school, amidst the open lane with other vehicles plying on this road.
Meanwhile, the locals claim that the closure of the road makes movement very difficult, especially in times of emergency. “The pandals meant for keeping shoes and chappals have been built, and for this purpose, the entire road is closed. Moreover, the footpath is blocked by debris that comes out of this work being carried out,” said a local resident.
The other side
However, the organisers claim that the road is temporarily blocked to prevent any mishap while erecting the pandal. Members of the organising committee also state that the road has been temporarily blocked while work is on.
“The road is closed in the evening for 20 minutes or so while work is on and cranes operate. Moreover we have provided stickers to the residents of the six buildings for their vehicles to prevent problems,” said S Nayak of GSB Mandal of Wadala.
The mandal organisers also claim that these steps have been taken to prevent any inconvenience or untoward incidents. Recently the High Court had said that Ganesh pandals shouldn’t cause inconvenience to people.