Times of India | 5 days ago | 05-08-2022 | 09:00 pm
KALYAN: On one hand, due to heavy rains, most of dams of Maharashtra have been filled , on the other hand, thousands of residents of Deshmukh Homes Complex in Kalyan (East) amid heavy rain on Friday evening hold rasta roko protest by coming on the road due to lack of water supply for last six years. The rasta roko protest led to heavy traffic jam for over two hours on route. The locals said that during last six years they protested several times, meet several senior Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) and MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) officials but no solution was found due to which residents had to protest by coming on road. In rasta roko protest mainly working women, elder woman and elder men from complex participated in large numbers making traffic jam for over two hours to reach their voice before administration. Residents said that the water scarcity in their housing complex with 19 wings comprising 1312 flats having over 5000 residents is acute. Residents claims to get drinking water supply from the KDMC every alternate day for 15 days. The residents for their daily needs dependent on private water tankers for which they had to spent huge money. Amarsen Chavan, secretary of housing complex told TOI, “Earlier we had approached KDMC, MIDC officials through letters, protests, meetings and spoken to several representatives. Several times we were assured of a solution but nothing was implemented”. Vandana Sonawane an elder woman who participated in protest told TOI, “Due to water scarcity we are fed up and as a elder woman from society i would like to appeal KDMC officials with my folded hand to understand our problem and try to solve problem of water we are facing”. Kunal Patil, an ex-NCP corporator from region who also participated with residents in protest said, “Despite several protest by residents and letter written by me authority is not listening. Now I would like to appeal Chief Minister Eknath Shinde ji who belongs to our Thane District to resolve six years old problems faced by citizens of Deshmukh homes."