Residents file police complaint,say four corporators missing!

NAGPUR: In a unique way to draw the attention of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) towards lack of civic amenities, residents of Shanti Nagar have lodged ‘missing persons’ complaint about four BJP corporators from Prabhag number 5.

According to the complaint, lodged with Shanti Nagar police station, the ‘missing’ corporators are Durga Hattithele, Pravin Bhisikar, Abhiruchi Rajgire and Sanjay Chavre.

Corporator Rajgire, however, alleged that the complainants are disgruntled BJP workers who were not given ticket to contest civic polls. “They are now instigating residents,” she said.

In their complaint, residents from Wadi, Tulsi Nagar, Shanti Nagar and Ramsumer Nagar informed the senior police inspector that after the February 2017 civic polls, none of the elected BJP corporators turned up in their locality and they fear that they have gone missing.

TOI on Tuesday visited the locality and found substantial evidence of residents’ complaints over lack of civic amenities. Heaps of garbage and overflowing sewage water on roads welcome a visitor to the Marwari Wadi.

“Marwari Wadi seems to be far from development. At the time of elections, political leaders and corporators approach citizens seeking votes and make tall promises. But they don’t turn up even once after winning the elections,” said Radhabai Chowdhari, a resident.

Another resident Sunil Gadwe pointed out: “It is difficult to walk on roads or approach the main road due to overflowing sewage lines and heaps of garbage. Sewage water flowing on roads, sometimes, enters homes,” he said.

Mukesh Jain, another resident, too pointed out the rise in water and mosquito-borne diseases in the locality. According to residents, at least five residents of Marwari Wadi are suffering from . TOI also found pipeline of potable water and sewage line running parallel.

“Rains aggravate the problems of residents. No corporator or even zone official has ever paid attention to this locality. We have complained several times to these corporators, but in vain,” said a resident Sushil Hatwar.

After every rain, say residents, their valuables are washed away by the drain water that floods their homes. Residents admit they dump garbage on the corner of bylanes but blame lackadaisical attitude of the NMC sanitary staff for not lifting garbage regularly. There are no proper street lights which many a times lead to roads accidents.

Naina Gadge said it is shameful that NMC fails to provide civic amenities and has left Marwari Wadi residents to live in deplorable, unhygienic and filthy surroundings. This has led to a rise in many diseases such as , dengue and alternate mosquito-borne diseases, she said.

However, sitting BJP corporator Rajgire claimed that all the civic work like lifting of garbage and gutter cleaning is being carried out regularly ever since she was elected from this ward. However, residents do not seem to agree with her claims.

Residents point out that while all the civic work is complete in a section where the corporator lives, rest of the areas in the prabhag tell a diametrically nonstandard story.

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