With elections round the corner, politicians across Thane are busy making their election manifestos. Residents, too, are using this time to prepare their agenda and want action to be taken within a certain time frame.
Residents from Vasant Vihar and Lokpuram have been demanding a police chowky, better patrolling and a hawker-free area since long, but to no avail. K kumar, a resident of Shalmali Society, informs, "Incidents of chain and car theft have been seeing an upward trend in our area since a while now. Although the area falls under the jurisdiction of Vartak Nagar Police station, the latter is overloaded with cases as several other big areas come under it. Also with the population that high, it's difficult to man the area with a limited force, so there is an urgent need of police chowky."
Pruthiviraj Kanchi, another resident, informs "The complete stretch, starting from Khewra circle till the Lokpuram society gate, has been occupied by hawkers, making it difficult for us to even walk. We want immediate action against this problem. We will support only the one who assures action within a certain timeframe.
"The sewage drain is not cleaned regularly and is therefore choked most of the time. The overflowing drain serves as the perfect breeding ground for diseases like dengue and malaria. We want regular monitoring and interaction with the authorities regarding issues that come up," says Dr Waman Kale, a resident from Swastik Park."
Dug up roads, scarcity of water, corruption, governance, interaction with authorities, law and order are among the many issues that feature in the list of the residents and the latter want these to be addressed on priority. Residents unanimously demand: "Before arriving at any decision pertaining to to development, a general consensus must be taken as it is our tax money that is involved and officials are answerable to us. Not only this, many a times they lack vision and come up with utopian schemes whose implementation wastes a lot of money and manpower. We demand public consensus be taken into consideration. We demand the same from our representatives."