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Citizens force officials to act

Vaishnavi Vasudevan  Mumbai, February 09, 2013
First Published: 00:42 IST(9/2/2013) | Last Updated: 00:45 IST(9/2/2013)

Citizens from the western suburbs forced officials from government agencies such as the local ward office, road transport authority, traffic police, regional transport office (RTO)and development plan to come together on Friday and address their issues. “Agencies always blame each other. So we decided to bring all of them on the same platform to discuss and reach concrete solutions,” said Aftab Siddiqui, chairperson of Bandra’s 33rd road area locality management (ALM).

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They discussed issues such as limited parking spaces, inconvenience caused by share-autos, sanctions for schools and hospitals in narrow lanes, missing traffic signboards and zebra crossings for pedestrians. The meeting took place at the H-West ward office in Bandra in the afternoon.

“RTO officers no more keep an eye on illegal parking. The local police take rounds, but they don’t have the right to impound licences or take action. What is the point if authorities concerned don’t take responsibility?” said Hina Shroff, trustee, My Residents’ Association.

Addressing the issue, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) M Dahikar said, “We will keep a tab on undisciplined parking on streets. However, the bigger issue is that there are very few parking spaces available in the city.”

Along with 15 ALMs and non-profits, 27 citizen representatives from Bandra to Andheri were at the meeting. They have demanded that such review meetings take place once in two months.

Several promises were made. The Andheri RTO said they would display proper boards with actual fares at all share-an-auto stands in the western suburbs. “The issue will be carried forward. Regular checking will take place at all stands,” said Sanjay Gaikwad, assistant RTO, Andheri.

Citizens were assured issues such as parking, black films on VIP cars, illegal encroachments, garbage collection and waste segregation would be addressed.

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