Mumbai: Home to prominent Bollywood personalities and movie production houses, the R south ward (Kandivali, Charkop and Damupada) of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is still struggling to provide basic civic facilities to its slum pockets that constitute more than 65 percent of its entire population.
Covering areas like Poisar Village, Charkop, Mahavir Nagar, Dahunukar Wadi, Arya Chanakya Nagar, the R south ward is spread across 17.91sq km. The ward is also home to 13-km-long Poisar river which has posed a major issue for ward officials due to its contamination of sewage and industrial waste.
Once known as one of the cleanest rivers in the city, the Poisar river has now turned into a major nullah of the ward. There are six small villages that are near the river which also face inadequacy of public toilets in their areas.
Activists say ward officials fail to carry out regular de-silting drives because of which during monsoon the river gets flooded, the water overflows the banks and enters the neighbouring areas.
Ramsey Rebello, an activist and a resident of the area, said, “The river has turned into a major drain and the civic officials are lethargic towards improving its condition. The unhygienic condition of the Nullah has led to health hazards, accumulation of garbage and river pollution.”
S Gaikwad, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of R south ward, told the Free Press Journal, “We carry out regular de-silting work at the Poisar river. The slum dwellers around the river throw waste in spite of being given several warnings. Also, we have started visiting the slums in order to spread awareness about the consequences of littering the river.”
One of the major issues of the ward is traffic congestion wherein the roads have not been widened despite regular jams in this area. Commuters witness traffic jams on a daily basis on Link Road and SV Road that are some of the highly congested roads.
Sarvesh Tiwari, Kanjurmarg resident, said, “The S V Road is a nightmare for motorists during peak hours. Widening of such roads is the need of the hour. Also, it takes more than 30 minutes to reach the Western Express Highway from the Kandivili railway station road.”
Gaikwad clarified that the ward has made three proposals for widening some of the roads that are vulnerable to traffic. “There are some roads in the ward that need immediate attention. We have proposed to widen such roads that will ease congestion on these roads.”
The Indian National Congress that has a strong hold in the ward with six councillors has now fielded new faces in most of the 13 constituencies of the R south ward.
Yogesh Bhoir, Ward Chairperson and Congress Corporator, said, “Traffic is one of the major issues of the ward. The Kandivali railway station road is one of the busiest roads of the ward. More than 70 percent of the footpath near the station road is occupied by Illegal hawkers. This has escalated the existing congestion on the road.”
Ward watch R south
Area 17.78sq km
Population 8, 29, 127
Railway station 1
Best Depots 3
Daily Waste 225 Metric tons
Cleaning of Poisar River- The 13-km river that starts from Sanjay Gandhi National Park and ends at Marve creek has turned into a major drain of the ward. The river is contaminated with sewerage and industrial waste. Residents and
activists complain that the ward
officials fail to carry out regular de-silting work.
Traffic Congestion- Link Road and SV Road are the busiest roads of the ward. Commuters say that widening of roads like SV road and Kandivali Station Road is the need of the hour. However, officials claim that they have made proposals to widen some of the busiest roads of the ward.