Footpaths have been troubling residents of Sector 16 and 16 A, Vashi for a long time. Despite lodging many complaints with the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, nothing has been done to solve the problem. Using the footpath in the area has become nearly impossible due to its sorry state.
Vijay Walunj, a resident said, “Sector 16 and 16 A is a posh area and many important people reside in the area. So, this area should not face this kind of a problem. The children, senior citizens use it for walking and many other people including women use it for going to shopping, etc.”
Praveen Jadhav, a resident of Greenfield Society said, “Two big private schools, St Lawrence and ICL School and one municipal school Manisha Vidyalaya and Karamveer Bhaurao Patil College are located in this area. Thousands of students who visit the area need proper footpaths.”
Vishnudas Bhave Auditorium, the only professional theatre play auditorium in entire Navi Mumbai is also located here. Hundreds of residents come here to see play face a lot of problems due to the uneven footpath. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and Post Office are two other offices in the area”.
Ajay Walunj, another resident said, “The NMMC Officers take round in the area in a vehicle and are aware of the problem. Still nothing has been done. There is not even a single footpath in entire Sector 16 and 16 A which is not uneven or broken. Almost all the manhole covers are broken. The footpath from St Lawrence to Greenfield Society or on the lane along KBP College to Sector 14 or on the lane from KBP College to Fire Station is broken. From children to youth to women to senior citizens face a lot of problems every day. Getting a cramp may look as a small problem but for senior citizens and women, it is very tough.”
NMMC Vashi Ward officer Ashok Madhavi said, “Repairing of footpath is a regular practice done by our department. We will soon carry out the work and ensure that there is no uneven or broken footpath left.”
Sector 16 and 16 A is a posh area and important people reside here. So, this area should not face this problem.”
— vijay walunj,
—Jaspal Singh naol