The residents of Shirawne village are facing many problems with the ill maintained drains and illegal constructions in the area. Being a representative of the people here for the last 15 years, NCP corporator J D Sutar has done nothing to resolve the issues of the locals, say residents. Shirawne as an area reels under highly pathetic conditions. To begin with, the road in the area is reeling under dilapidated condition. Few months back, interlocking footpaths were constructed on the main roads of the area. However the interlocks were dug again for some repair work. While the corporator claimed that this to be a job of NMMC, the residents allege that the work is done by an individual. A series of illegal constructions has continued to be a menace for the residents as a result of which people have to drive along small lanes but no action has been taken by the civic body against these constrictions. The most shocking aspect is that NCP’s Leader of the House in NMMC J D Sutar is the corporator of this area. He has been representing Shirawne and its problems in NMMC for three consecutive terms. But his failure despite being a senior corporator is apparent if one takes a tour of Shirawne. Residents say that it is only during elections that the public representatives pretend to be good corporators while the year long round they fail in their duty. Residents of the area informed that the same civic work is done in the area again and again. And there seems to be reason for this allegation as once again the NMMC has approved the tender bid of Om Construction for improving gutters within Nerul’s Shirawane G.E.S’s Plot No. 40 Timber Market to Mini Mahal Hotel. The work has been awarded for Rs. 54, 75, 947 and the time period is 4 months. Another work that has been awarded in Shirawane village to M/s Om Construction is constructing sewerage lines in a period of 7 months for Rs. 1 Cr 3 Lacs 4 Thousand 74. Opposition members who refrained from speaking on camera alleged that he is the contract man of NCP. Swastik Infrologics – one of the top contractors of NMMC allegedly has the blessings of J D Sutar. It may be recalled that in a Standing Committee meeting of July 2009, the discussions on the condominiums work had once again brought to light the contractor-official-corporator nexus in NMMC. As the Chairman kept the proposals for discussions, NCP Corporator Ravindra Ithape stood up and questioned how Swastik Infralogics won tenders of over Rs. 10 Crores when the contractor’s limit is only Rs. 3 Crore. At this point Namdeo Bhagat stood up in defense of the contractor and hinted with whose blessings did the contractor Swastik Infralogics win so many tenders when he said that the contractor was a native of NCP Corporator J D Sutar’s village. While this hinted at a nexus between corporators and contractors in NMMC, J D Sutar’s apathy towards his ward has left residents disappointed. With cameraperson Roshan Hate, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
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