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The residents of Ghansoli are a harassed lot and feel neglected as none of the agencies— Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation or Cidco— has paid any heed to their complaints and requests regarding the unclean environment.
The population of the node is multiplying fast but it lacks basic amenities and infrastructure to add to the mess the unclean nullahs are proving to be a headache for the locals, people complain.
“I shifted to Ghansoli from Vashi nearly a year back and stay in sector-7. Though the place where I stay is plush, the moment I step out to reach to the station, there is this 500 metres broad nullah, which starts from the Gharonda complex and transforms into a filthy serpentine flow through the Simplex complex further to vegetable markets,” said Abhijit Angne.
He added, “The nullah poses threat to basic hygiene and health, given the fact that it makes ground for mosquito breeding and eventually spreads airborne diseases. We have spent multiple crores on buying a house here, but the government is not doing its bit. The stench emanating from the nullah makes life difficult. It’s a mix of chemicals, human wastes and more that flows as a black stream of molten hell.”
Angne has a suggestion for civic authorities, he said, “The expanse of this nullah is massive, if covered with cement enclosure, its surface can serve as an awesome utility park with jogging tracks, and the entire surroundings will catapult into a very rich, healthy and wonderful place in Navi Mumbai to live in.”
Backing the views expressed by Angne, is a resident of sector-3 in Ghansoli. “The pungent smell emanating from these drains, is giving us sleepless nights. You will find chemical tankers parked on the road near the station. The drivers keep the lids of these tankers open and the gas mixes with air leading to foul smell in the area. This has been happening for quite some time now,” a resident, who requested not to be named, said.
Another resident GK Kunwar, from sector 3, said, “Ghansoli has always been neglected. There is no single amenity like a good park or basic infrastructure. We have a plot for central park in the node but the work is yet to begin.”
He added, “When we enquire about the delay in having central park, the NMMC officials say the plot is yet to be transferred by Cidco to them.”
The NMMC officials, said, “They will start with cleaning of nullahs from first week of May. We will desilt the nullahs and clean them up.” Earlier, Navi Mumbai, mayor, Sagar Naik had directed the officials to clean nullahs six times in a year.