Extend monorail trail, then they will come
The lukewarm response, received till date, to the monorail system is not due to public apathy of any sort. The obvious reason is its short run, which connects places lying along lesser crowded areas. When the major stretch of the system, envisaged to terminate at Jacob Circle, is completed, the authorities will see the monorail operating to its full capacity. As the Saat Rasta station lies at the heart of the island city, patrons from all walks of life will be seen regularly commuting by this modern mode of transport; thereby making the service a viable utility.
How long must we wait for the metro?
There is no update on the metro. Last year, I had read that the metro would be operational by March 31, 2014. But that did not take place, nor is there an update on the metro’s launch date.
Instead we hear about the revision of the fares, or about some certification being issued or being pending. Please inform the public about the date of the Ghatkopar-Versova metro start date.
Regarding the revision in fares, it is not right to pass on the loss to the public, the loss did not take place due to the public but on account of MMRDA/RELIANCE.
Auto and taxi fares may have increased, but the people have no choice but to pay through their nose. Remember that autos ferry one-thirds of the people, not hundreds.
The common man is suffering daily due to these delays, and the MMRDA/RELIANCE is not
being accountable for this.
Naiks’ promises remain just that
Reference is made to B N Kumar’s article (April 17). Though Ganesh Naik is the guardian minister of Thane district, neither he nor his party MLA nor his son, the current MP, Sanjeev Naik, have not done much for the development of the twin cities of Bhayander and Mira Road. We supported Ganesh Naik during his Sena days and made him an MLA (at that time, it was the Belapur assembly seat). The promises he made during those days are yet to be kept.
After all these years, Mira Road is still struggling to get its full quota of water and depends on tanker water. Residents travel daily by suburban trains for their workplace, business, college or school. It is a Herculean task to get into the trains from Mira Road at any time of the day. Sanjeev Naik has failed miserably in addressing this issue.
There is no government-run college in this area. Though this twin cities have developed beyond imagination, development and infrastructurewise, they are leagues behind Navi Mumbai. His talk of achievement is only for Navi Mumbai and its surrounding areas, while he has neglected other areas. An MP’s duties are not limited to just developing one part of his constituency.
The last time he won because of the split in the Sena vote. This time luck will not favour him, inspite of his father’s best efforts.
S K Venkateshan (venkateshansk@
Restore footpath to pedestrians
The footpath outside Navjivan Society at Lamington Road (Mumbai Central ) is a dangerous mess, with most cement blocks having come out, resulting in the entire surface of the footpath becoming uneven and dangerous to walk upon. Senior citizens, in particular, are the worst sufferers. Half the footpath is occupied by hawkers, forcing pedestrians to risk life and limb by walking on the main road in heavy traffic. I appeal to the civic body to fix the cement blocks on the footpath and remove the illegal hawkers immediately and give back the footpath to the pedestrians, for it is their right to walk on the footpath.
Need for safe parking zones
There is an urgent need for safe parking zones in Mumbai city and its suburbs,as towing contractors are hunting for unmanned vehicles just to make as much money as possible in a single day!
The procedure for retrieving one’s vehicle is very tedious, on top of which exorbitant towing charges are levied by the local police station or the RTO.
Once safe parking zones are demarcated, towing of vehicles will reduce considerably and motorists will breathe a sigh of relief !
K V Satyamurty,
Letters for this column may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or they could be posted to Vox Populi, The Free Press Journal, Free Press House, Free Press Marg, 215 Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400021. Fax: 22874688.