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Op Khataara: Residents pool money, shame TMC


Lack of cranes and dumpers has hindered clunker-clearing force in Thane

Locals have accumulated Rs 8,800 thus far; visitors police division also blames TMC for apathy

Tired of complaining to the civic body and visitors law enforcement officials to remove deserted vehicles from their streets, Thane citizens decided to take matters into their own hands, and their own wallet. On Saturday, locals pooled in Rs 8,800, which they plan handy over to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) in an attempt to “make them feel to blame”, according to native activists.

The Thane civic body has it seems that been sitting on native police and citizens’ calls for to supply cranes and dumpers to remove the khataaras clogging the roads. “We will acquire the budget and hand it to TMC in order that they feel to blame,” said Kasber Augustine, President of Thane Citizen Foundation.

The resolution to pool in money used to be taken on Saturday morning when activists had amassed at Thane’s Janka Devi Temple space to discuss cleanliness drives in the space. “We mentioned the problem of deserted vehicles and the citizens donated Rs 8,800 for the force,” said Maria Anthony a social employee from Thane.

“TMC has been telling us they don’t have budget. Even kids gave us their piggy financial institution savings to fund the movement to clear our roads,” said Sunil Hadkar, a resident of Hiranandani Estate.

The Thane Traffic police had written to TMC, asking for two cranes and a dumper to select up the deserted vehicles however regardless of TMC leader Sanjeev Jaiswal agreeing to the call for, the proposal used to be caught with the deputy municipal commissioner’s place of work.

“Our DCP Amit Kale’s place of work has written to TMC and are anticipating a nod from them to select up the deserted vehicles.

Without a crane, it's unimaginable to select up such vehicles as many of them don’t have tyres,” said Anil Mangle, senior police inspector of Thane Traffic department.

“We had met the commissioner of TMC after assembly visitors officials. He had agreed to all our calls for as our basic reason used to be to keep Thane clean however in some way the proposal were given caught,” added Augustine. “We don’t thoughts visiting other people door to door to gather money. We need to keep Thane clean and we wish it finished ahead of the rains,” said Augustine.

When asked about the citizens’ and visitors police division’s court cases, Ashok Burpulle, deputy commissioner of TMC said, “I have asked the contractor to supply vehicles to the Thane Traffic division and used to be waiting to hear from them.”

Thane has been facing major visitors jams because of slim roads and deserted vehicles in areas akin to Shilphata junction on the Mumbai-Pune road, Kongaon road in Kalyan, Ghodbunder road, Gokhale road, Ram Maruti Road, Station Road, Court Naka and Majiwada areas in Thane. The visitors police had earlier picked up round 237 fourwheelers, 139 three-wheelers and 415 two-wheelers.

It has now been over a yr since Mirror launched Operation Khataara and it continues to have a powerful hook up with citizens and activists from around the city.

Launched on May 29 remaining yr, the ‘Operation Khataara’ campaign now not best spurred multiple businesses, together with civic bodies into action towards deserted vehicles, it also contributed to the Bombay High Court pushing the state govt to get stricter with punishing the offenders.



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