As mayor comes visiting, citizens pour out woes

Nagpur: Mayor Nanda Jichkar on Tuesday kicked off ‘Mayor at your doorstep’ campaign from Prabhag number 11, which is being represented by four Bharatiya Janata Party corporators. During the visit, citizens complained of lack of civic amenities to the mayor.
The mayor launched her almost three-month-long campaign as she visited over 10 different areas in Prabhag number 10 and 11.

Mayor was accompanied by senior corporators Sunil Agrawal, Sandip Jadhav, chairmen of water works committee and health committee Pintu Zalke, Manoj Chaple, corporator Archana Pathak, additional municipal commissioner Ram Joshi, assistant municipal commissioner of Mangalwari zone Vijay Humne, officials from electric, water, health departments among others.

Corporators and residents spoke about their grievances related to open drainages, water scarcity, unclean areas, defunct street lights and issues related to vegetable market, playgrounds, etc.

“Despite several cases of dengue being reported from our locality, the NMC’s departments have not initiated steps like cleaning nullahs, clearing choked and overflowing sewage lines,” said HM Jha, a resident of Radha Krishna Nagar.

Another Radha Krishna Nagar resident M Ahmed highlighted stray dog menace in the locality. Ahmed, a victim of stray dog attack in the past, claimed that despite numerous complaints to Mangalwari zone and NMC’s veterinary department, no efforts were taken to curb the menace.

RT Bais of the same locality pointed out how an open plot has been converted into a garbage dump resulting in mosquito breeding. Mayor asked the health department (sanitation) to clear the garbage dump and shift it to another location.

P Thakre raised the issue of no progress in Zingabai Takli-Godhani road widening project. He said BJP leaders performed bhoomipuja of the project with much fanfare, but still public works department has not started the work. To this, mayor suggested Thakre to meet district guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule in his Janata Darbar in Mangalwari zone on December 3.

Girhe Layout residents raised the issue of waterlogging they face every monsoon. Mayor asked assistant municipal commissioner Vijay Humne to prepare a proposal for laying a stormwater network in the locality at the earliest.

Residents of Kale Layout, Ganpati Nagar, Bandhu Nagar and Baba Farid Nagar raised issues like inadequate water supply, irregular door-to-door garbage collection etc.

Bandhu Nagar residents drew attention of the mayor towards illegal constructions alongside nullah and letting of sewage water directly into it causing health hazard. Mayor directed the Mangalwari zone officials to lodge an FIR against those who had encroached on nullah and demolish illegal constructions.

Suraj Nagar and Sangam Nagar residents informed the mayor about no water network in their areas having a population of over 20,000. Water works committee chairman Pintu Zalke assured that both the areas will be covered under Amrut project.

The mayor then moved to prabhag 10 which is being represented by four Congress corporators. There too, residents accompanied by their elected representatives Shakshi Raut and Rashmi Dhurve complained about rise in mosquito menace and choked drains.

“These are basic facilities. Resolve all the issues immediately. Cleanliness work should be done in all the residential localities so that diseases do not occur,” the mayor said.

On Wednesday, the mayor will visit Prabhag numbers 1 and 9 in Mangalwari zone.

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