Ward no. 55 is a unique blend of Vashi village and the posh Sector 30 of Palm Beach Road. According to the residents of these areas, their local Congress corporator Dashrath Bhagat has failed in all his promises. And since Dashrath Bhagat is running for municipal elections again from this ward as the Congress candidate, the Congress could be in for an upset. This is the gateway of Navi Mumbai that comes under the ward of Congress corporator Dashrath Bhagat. Take a look at these stinking toilets that are welcoming one and all to Navi Mumbai. And the toilets are just a peek of the mess inside the Vashi village. Locals hesitated to speak about it on camera but took out team around the village and showed how the chowpatty that was inaugurated by Dashrath Bhagat with much fanfare by spending public money in December 2004 lies in ruins today. Even a bus and taxi stand that was inaugurated by the corporator at that time is lying wasted today. Another burning issue of the ward is the illegal hutment made on mangrove area with debris lying around. The other side of the ward consists of posh localities of Sector 30, Vashi adjacent to Palm Beach Road. In this area too Congress corporator Dashrath Bhagat has failed miserably in addressing civic issues that forced residents to form the Palm Beach Residents Association. Residents speak about their issues to us. Above all instead of attending to these problems, the most cruel reality for residents is that their own corporator has filed a PIL against Moraj Residency. 950 families of this complex are living in flats that are caught in a nightmarish legal battle in High Court – that too in a PIL filed by their own corporator Dasrath Bhagat. And another shocking expose came from fisher women who sell fish here. These women allege that Dashrath Bhagat had promised them a market and Dyaneshwar – one of Dashrath’s men was even collecting money from the fisher women under the pretext of making a fish market here. But one fine day, these fisher women were asked to leave the area and forget the market. Now these women feel cheated and betrayed. Even senior citizens voiced harassment. Exasperated residents say that they want a change in their representation in municipal elections 2010. After taking a look at all the issue NMTV News met the sitting corporator who is the Congress candidate from this ward Dashrath Bhagat. Bhagat claimed that he had done all the work he promised. And while Dashrath Bhagat is again going to the voters of the ward with another list of assurances and promises as the Congress candidate from this ward, take a look at what voters have to say against their corporator. If this progress report card of the failures of Congress candidate from ward no. 55 Dashrath Bhagat is showed to the Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi even he would be embarrassed if Bhagat was using Gandhi’s name in vain for getting public votes during this municipal elections instead of having worked for the public in the last five years. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
August 6, 2008