Footpaths in Koper Khairane are of no use for the residents as many are uneven or have been occupied by NMMC’s sewage pipeline which has been dumped here for a long time leading to many problems.
Uneven footpaths are also a big problem for residents here. All the complaints of residents in this regard have not been fruitful. The footpaths, which were in a good condition, have been encroached by the NMMC for more than a year and the residents have been forced to endanger their life by walking on the roads.
Saif Khan, a resident said, “The Corporation is only focusing on the external part of the city. Sector 1 has the most uneven footpaths with broken drain covers. The link pathway of Sector 2 Row Houses to Sector 4 main road behind Terna College is in a poor condition. The some footpaths have been encroached by pipelines stocked on them like on the one ahead of Skylark Apartments towards D Mart in Sector 15 near Yashwantrao Chauhan College.”
Khan added, “It’s the vacation time so the students are not on the roads, once the college gets started the youth will be again seen walking at the centre of the roads risking their lives.”
Zulfin Bux, another resident said, “It is only due to the negligence of the NMMC that the works have been delayed. It may be recalled that the corporation had planned redeveloping of the dilapidated footpaths a year back but still the works are going on at some places. In monsoon, the situation will worsen and lead to many accidents as walking on road will be very risky.”
NMMC city engineer Mohan Dagaonkar informed, “We are carrying out various development works in the city for the welfare of the residents. We keep the material near the site and so these pipelines are kept on the footpath. However, the residents can also used the footpath which is on the opposite side for the time being.”