Mumbai: Poor roads and water supply continue causing trouble in P North ward
The ward has a garbage disposal problem on its hands; its population of over 9 lakh generates 370 tonnes of waste every day. It also suffers from a shortage of public toilets and drinking water, and encroachment of public spaces
Motorists steady themselves on an uneven road in Malad East. Pic/Datta Kumbhar
The ward has a garbage disposal problem on its hands; its population of over 9 lakh generates 370 tonnes of waste every day. It also suffers from a shortage of public toilets and drinking water, and encroachment of public spaces. A number of low-lying areas, like Link Road, Kanchpada, Malad West, Haji Bapu Road, Ganga Bawadi, Madh Malad West, Pushpa Park, Malad East, Malad subway and parts of Malwani, get flooded every monsoon.
Residents of Malwani complain of being deprived of clean drinking water for years and of being forced to reach out to private water suppliers. They also want more public toilets and daily clean-up of localities. They allege that dengue and malaria have a tight grip on the area.
Locals also want internal roads to be widened to tackle traffic jams during peak hours.
Unauthorised vegetable and garment hawkers have been driven off pavements several times, but they return soon after.
Sangita Hasnale, assistant municipal commissioner of the ward, was not available for comment despite several calls and messages.
Yasmin Memon, Resident of Malwani
I own a garments store in Malwani market. The market sees heavy footfall every day, but there isn’t a single toilet here. My house is almost half a kilometre from the shop and IâÂÂhave to go there each time IâÂÂwant to go to the loo. A public toilet is a necessity in the locality.
Sayyed Suhail, Resident of Malwani
We have to buy drinking water from private tankers. Uncleanliness is also a major issue in the locality, which has caused a spurt in malaria and dengue cases. When localities are waterlogged in the monsoon, this problem only worsens, and several areas become mosquito-breeding sites.
Edward D’souza, Resident of Malad
The Malad highway leading to Kurar village is riddled with potholes. We take 10-15 minutes to cover a damaged stretch that should take less than 5 minutes. Traffic snarls have become a regular feature in Malad East. Low municipal water pressure affects us.
Yasmin Daitor, Social activist
Roads in Malad are in a deplorable condition. Many paver blocks are missing from footpaths in the area. Besides, pavements are encroached upon by hordes of hawkers. I have been asking ward representatives to conduct regular cleanliness drives in localities, but little has changed.
Ramnarayan Barot, Malad station-Datta Mandir Road
Potholes, which cropped up during the course of the monsoon, in Malad East have been attended to. Other roads will be repaired soon. As far as low water pressure in the fringes of the ward is concerned, we have proposed a 36-inch pipeline to resolve the issue.
Vishvas Gadhigaonker, New collector office-Mith chowky
I have been working closely with residents since the time I assumed office. Waterlogging of localities was a common complaint prior to the monsoon; the authorities cleaned up drains before its onset. We will look into the demand for a public toilet near the Malwani market.
P North ward
Malwani, Marve, Orlem, Evershine Nagar, Liberty garden, Pathanwadi, Dindoshi, Pushpa Park, Manori, Aksa village, Madh
Water activist Amla Ruia speaks to mid-day