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IN OUR SERIES “YOUR WARD, YOUR CORPORATOR” WE HAVE THE PROGRESS REPORT CARD OF CONGRESS CORPORATOR FROM WARD NO. 90 IN KARAVE, EKNATH TANDEL

Eknath-tandel-2Time now for our series “Your Ward, Your Corporator”. Today Monika Bhosale travels to ward no. 90 of Seawoods Karave to check out the ward report of Congress Corporator Eknath Tandel. Ward no. 90 that consists of Karave village, Sector 44, 44A and 36 of Seawoods. The first impression that you get when you visit the ward is that there is a good municipal school building and even the pond of the area is being beautified but a little deeper survey exposes that everything else in the ward is messy and neglected, especially the village area. The natives of this village are salt pan workers and fisher folk. When the corporator of the area Congress’ Eknath Tandel was contesting the last municipal elections, he had assured the salt pan workers a permanent source of income and a fish market for the fishermen. It’s been 5 years to this promise and the corporator has failed to keep his word. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Within the village, civic issues have made life havoc for villagers. To begin with the gutters of the area are not clean and are reeling under pathetic conditions. The conditions have become so unhygienic that sometimes worms and filth from gutters enter homes of villagers. The worst perhaps is the route from which mostly children and students commute. This path is congested with gutters running on one side and huge power cables running through the path posing as life threat to every passer by. The situation is so dicey that short circuits in the power cables are reported daily. Evidently the locals completely blame their corporator for this mess. Another alert villager alleged that even the inter lock work done is of poor quality. They allege that most civic work is never completed by the corporator and if they speak against this, the villagers have to face consequences. Giving an example of the sub-standard civic work, locals showed us a nullah that has been constructed recently from which dirty water has been overflowing into the nearby private classes where students come everyday. These students have to walk through the filth and the worst perhaps is monsoon times. For the villagers, the procession of

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