Mumbai: Reclaiming footpaths in K East ward is wishful thinking
In a report on July 4, we had highlighted the shortage of drinking water, encroachments on footpaths, the poor condition of roads and the absence of public toilets in slums
Pedestrians forced onto the roads by fast food vendors in Andheri East. Pic/Poonam Bathija
In a report on July 4, we had highlighted the shortage of drinking water, encroachments on footpaths, the poor condition of roads and the absence of public toilets in slums.
Residents say they had hoped that things would take a turn for the better in light of the upcoming BMC election, but that was just wishful thinking.
Durable, smooth roads are nowhere in sight and pavements still don’t belong to pedestrians. Also, garbage piles up for days on roads. Devendra Kumar Jain, assistant civic commissioner of the ward, didn’t respond to mid-day’s calls.
Anil Galgali, RTI activist
Encroachments on pavements, the lack of public toilets in slums and the dismal condition of roads are three major issues dogging the ward. The BMC election is just a few months away, but elected representatives and the authorities concerned seem little interested in addressing these issues in the foreseeable future.
Pramod Sawant, Vijay Nagar-Marol
We have been doing our best in attending to citizens’ concerns. The road from the Marol police camp to the fire brigade will soon be repaired. Funds for the repairs have been cleared. The road had been handed over to the BMC by the MMRDA in a dismal condition in 2009.
Anand Padiachi Resident of Gundavli, Andheri (E)
I had expected corporators and the ward office to repair roads and reclaim footpaths since the BMC election is just months away. But, neither of the works has been taken up. The road from the Metro station to the police camp has large uneven stretches, which slow down traffic.
K East ward: Andheri East, MIDC, Seepz, Marol, Parsi Punchayet
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