|2008-10-13||23 percent Ulhasnagar population dumps garbage on |
Survey reveals dismal state of public's knowledge on facilities in UlhasnagarN Ganesh , N Ganesh : Mumbai, October 12, Mon Oct 13 2008, 01:13 hrs
At least 23 per cent of Ulhasnagar's population dumps their garbage out on the streets and open spaces, about 46 per cent residents are disposing of wastewater in unauthorized spaces — these and many such interesting facts have been revealed by a survey carried out in the city on public utilities.
Conducted by the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation in collaboration with Smt. Chandibai Himmatmal Mansukhani (CHM) College, the survey covered 30,000 families in span of two days.
According to the survey, the drainage system of at least 34 per cent of residences in Ulhasnagar is not connected to the municipal drainage system and only 45 per cent is connected to the septic tank.
On the health front, the survey said that residents' understanding of prevention is not very common with at least 40 families showing ignorance on the preventive measure on monsoon-related diseases and communicable diseases.
The report, prepared by the students of CHM College who carried out the survey, recommends the UMC to introspect why 45 per cent families either has no knowledge on the existence of civic hospitals or are not using the services of these hospitals.
Municipal Commissioner Samir Unhale assured that the effort of the students would not go waste as the civic body would set-up a committee of elected representatives and civic officials for considering the recommendations of the report. "This survey could be a role model for other civic bodies to emulate as it provides the public perception on the civic services," said Unhale.
Principal of CHM College Dinesh Panjwani said: "This report has provided us an insight into the ground realities in Ulhasnagar, some of which are very encouraging and some are very challenging. If taken in the right spirit the corporation can use this report for strengthening public utilities. Also, our college can develop more meaningful community welfare projects on adult education, school dropouts and civic responsibilities of the citizens."
|2008-10-03||Ulhasngr Girl in Coma, Injured in Railway Accident|
21-year-old ends up in coma after hit by train at Vikhroli
TNN | Oct 3, 2008, 10.21 PM IST
MUMBAI: The absence of proper access - like a foot-bridge - to one end of platform 1 at Vikhroli station led to 21-year-old Jyoti Bhorkud ending up in a partial coma after a train hit her on Friday morning.
The accident occurred when Jyoti was crossing over from Vikroli (E) and climbing onto the platform through the only narrow access available, situated dangerously near the tracks. Her skull has also fractured.
A resident of Ulhasnagar, the girl is training at a sports club meant for youngsters aspiring to enter the police force. "Jyoti generally came home around 10.30 am. However, when she didn't reach till 2 pm, we started worrying. Passersby noticed the logo on her t-shirt and informed the academy that a girl from their club had met with an accident,'' said Jyoti's father.
Agitated residents, who have been demanding a foot overbridge for long, said the problem started two year ago when the only access to platform 1 from outside was closed after a hoarding was put up there. As both the bus stop and the rickshaw stand are situated at the CST end of the station, residents usually take a short-cut and walk across the tracks to get to the other side of the platform.
Mohammed Asif Siddhique, a resident of the area who is a member of a political party, said social worker Kushal Nagda has been writing to the railways, but no action has yet been taken.
A policeman on duty, who was witness to the accident, said the mishap occurred as there was no proper access to the platform from outside and people, in a hurry, take the shortest route out. "Travellers do not use the foot overbridges, which are situated at the centre and the far end of the station. Also, if one needs to cross over from the eastern side of the station to the west, he will require a platform ticket if he does not have a travelling ticket,'' the policeman said. The public, he added, paid no heed to his repeated warnings.
Station manager of Vikroli station V Sharma, who had angry residents gathering at his office after the incident, said he witnessed no less than six mishaps every week. "Most accidents occur while people are crossing the tracks. At least two die of their injuries,'' Sharma said.
Vikroli does not have an ambulance. In fact, the vehicle is available only at Kurla, the third station from there, and it is shared by five other stations. Instead of waiting for the ambulance, people put Jyoti, bleeding profusely and in a semi-concious state, on a train and took her to Vidyavihar from where she was taken transported to Rajawadi Hospital on a stretcher. As there was no CT scan machine, she was shifted to Sion Hospital where she was admitted to the ICU. "We will keep her under observation for a few days. If the internal bleeding continues, we will have to operate on her,'' said Dr Naveen Ukande.
Meanwhile, with residents refusing to listen to the station manager, railway officials went to the spot and the hoarding was taken down. The officials also promised to restore the old access between platform 1 and Vikroli (W). Officials from the commercial division will inspect the site and try to restore the old access, said officials.