Mumbai: The residents of Chembur are one harassed bunch owing to the traffic menace due to the Green Acres Academy run by Acres Club at Sindhi society. The school buses parked on both sides of the lane create a daily nuisance for the residents since last eight months. Chembur Citizens’ Group (CCG) have raised this issue even with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), M (west) ward officer and residents say, sadly no action has been taken against the school.
Rishi Marve, founder of CGG, told the Free Press Journal that earlier the Acres Club, which runs the academy, had constructed a wall on the development plan (DP) road so that no resident could access it. “In fact, eight months ago, the civic body demolished the wall and opened the road for public use. Now, after opening up the road, the academy authorities are troubling us by parking 18 buses on the road everyday,” said Marve. This traffic snarl proves an obstacle in times of emergency, medical and fire, since no ambulance or fire engine can ply with school buses blocking all access, he added.
Residents allege that the club officials are behaving like goons. The civic officials too acknowledge the trouble the residents are facing. “The residents understand these are school buses and we recommended, when the school opens, for one hour the road can remain shut for the safety of school children. However, unfortunately, the private club management wants to occupy the entire road for 24 hours,” alleged Marve.
The complainant further claimed that the club was given extra Floor Space Index (FSI) and constructed a school and a hotel on the condition that the DP road will be allowed to pass through their property. But after getting the extra FSI, the Acres management refused to do so.
The officials from Acres Club Ashok Paul refuted the allegations made against them. “The school buses are not parked for 24 hours on the road. Besides this, the bus service is provided by the contractor appointed by the school who has already been asked not to park the buses in that lane,” said Paul. He alleged this issue has been raised by a few residents who have some vested interest.
The local corporator Asha Marathe from BJP was interestingly clueless about the problem faced by residents in her constituency.