Irked with parking woes, hawker menace and poor civic services, various resident associations of Colaba and Nariman Point have decided to do more than just complain about their problems.
The citizen groups, along with NGO Action for Good governance and Networking for India (AGNI), have written a ten-point letter to their member of legislative assembly (MLA) Raj Purohit, identifying the major problems of the area and suggesting solutions to some.
“There has been continuous communication between us and the MLA office. We divided our problems into three categories - law and order, traffic and civic issues that concern the BMC. These problems have been put forth to him and we are expecting results from the newly elected MLA,” said Deepak Tralshawala, a Colaba resident.
In the last two months, the citizen groups’ representatives have met Purohit twice and briefed him about problems such as illegal parking and traffic woes in the constituency, which includes the state’s power centre the Mantralaya, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation headquarters, city’s most famous tourist spots such as the Gateway of India and the Marine Drive.
Tralshawala, along with more than 30 citizens, were part of a meeting with the MLA last month.
“Basic facilities, such as signboards, are absent in the area. There is no monitoring on illegal or double parking. While we had approached the traffic police with our problems, it did not help much,” said Rahul Parulekar, resident of Allana Road, Colaba.
In their letter, locals have also suggested solutions to issues such as traffic mismanagement.
“To better manage traffic movement, we have prepared a space utilisation plan for Colaba. The traffic police can take suggestions from us and implement them,” said another resident.
Purohit has assured short-term solutions will be immediately identified and implemented.
“I am going to hold a meeting with traffic police, Mumbai police officers and BMC officials to address the citizens’ problems. I am trying to make my constituency a model zone with suggestions from residents,” the BJP leader said.
My Dream Colaba, AGNI, Nariman Point Chuchgate Citizens association, local ALMs and more than hundred citizens of A ward have been part of the group communicating with the MLA.