Navi Mumbaikars were literally forced to stay home or be stranded, especially in Nerul to ensure that the first IPL match went off smoothly for the visitors.While the IPL match held at D Y Patil Stadium on Sunday was a feat for a selected class of people, it was more of a headache for the aam admi of Nerul especially those from whom Sunday outing means commuting from ricks and buses. Restriction of BEST buses from entering Nerul on this day had stranded the locals forcing them to walk down kilometers to reach their destination. Lack of parking space led to many parking their vehicles at the Mumbai-Pune Highway which could have led to accidents with the people crossing the road on such a busy junction.We spoke with the ACP- Traffic Nandkumar Chougule who admitted that parking was not permitted by them on the Mumbai-Pune Highway. Hence, when we quested about the parking on the Mumbai-Pune Highway, the ACP was seen tossing the blame on the vehicle owners. And shockingly when we asked if any action would be taken against the vehicle owners for illegal parking, the ACP clearly refused. Upon asking if the illegal parking might lead to accidents, the ACP said “God is Great”. But strangely what eluded the ACP was that accidents cannot be taken lightly and if everything was left to God, then what was the need to have government organization and putting a system into place for societies. Some members of social organizations have alleged that due to the match there were power cuts in Nerul, Vashi and neighboring areas to ensure uninterrupted power supply in the stadium. While local corporators and public representatives were basking under the glory of the match, these NGOs have decided to move to court in the matter if without proper arrangement matches are held in D Y Patil Stadium else they demand that the matches be banned. It is necessary that a solution be sought soon otherwise the locals of the city would always have to bear the brunt for the luxuries of a few. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Rajeev Mishra for Navi Mumbai News.
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