Shiv Sena does a raasta roko while MNS performs ‘Shraddh’ of VVMC

Vasai : The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Shiv Sena commenced their assembly election campaigns on Monday by staging agitations in Virar and Nallasopara respectively. While the Sena stuck to raasta roko at Tulinj Road, Nallasopara (east) the MNS went ahead with its aggressive manner and conducted a Shraddh, a Hindu ritual done annually on a person’s death anniversary, of the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC).

Water, road and cleanliness were the issues that topped the agenda. People of Vasai – Virar have been immensely inconvenienced due to the pitiable condition of roads. All the busy junctions and chronic traffic spots in VVMC area are pot-hole ridden. Kundan Sankhe, MNS leader heading Thane rural unit, forcefully tried to enter the VVMC along with 150 party activists to confront VVMC Commissioner Govind Rathod but the Virar police stopped them.

Sankhe alleged, “The VVMC has spent more than Rs 60 crore on developmental works but no development is seen. People have to walk through pot-hole ridden roads and have to face water scarcity. These are basic civic amenities that people pay for and VVMC is embroiled in corruption.”

Newly appointed Standing Committee chairman of VVMC Sandesh Jadhav said, “The work to fill pot-holes is being done at war footing. We are filling all the pot-holes with paver blocks for longevity. The rains haven’t stopped yet and but we are still trying our best so that people do not face any more inconvenience.”

pothole-ridden roads in nallasopara force increase in autorickshaw fares

Due to bad condition of most of the roads in Nallasopara, the rickshaw fares have been increased by as high as 25%. Rickshaw drivers say that maintenance has increased ten-folds due to pothole-ridden roads and hence fares have been increased. No political party leader has opposed this move whereas all the political parties have their respective rickshaw unions. The only person who is getting harassed by all these is the tax-payer.

Vishal Rajemahadik

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