Inside Story March 2018

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Seized vehicles contribute to unofficial 
waste dump yard in Rambaug Powai.


Although the Powai Traffic police jurisdiction station is around the Saki Naka zone under the fly over bridge, seized vehicles endlessly pile up on the pavements in front of the Rambaug Powai police station footpaths, leaving commuters gasping for breath on that entry point into Rambaug street. 

Informs Rahel George living in Crystal Palace Rambaug, “There is so much metal waste lying around that only onea side of the road can be used for both to and fro. The captive vehicles are strewn all over the footpaths making it so narrow. During monsoons there are chances of mosquitoes breeding there. And of course these leftover cars attract thieves who steal the car parts to sell as metal scrap. Dumping these vehicles at the traffic junction center would be ideal. I guess the HQ of the Traffic police departments from town should be in charge of clearing this mess.”

Overflowing metal waste is also dangerous to walkers. Adds B.Shah from the locality , “Residents in the vicinity of Rambaug are hardened to this civic ugliness for over two decades now. With ageing, rusting vehicles that have been seized over the years piling up on the pavement as more and more vehicles cases gather over the years. The cases are not disposed of easily as the cases take time nor are the vehicles scrapped thus leaving them in a sort of civic limbo. Vehicles with over long years of litigation should be disposed off and transport costs for these too is expensive.”
Unclaimed metal waste could be treated like electronic waste and a garbage collection drive could be propelled by the locals in association with the Traffic Police jurisdiction to clear the footpaths of unwanted waste. The entry to the Rambaug road from the JVLR is acutely narrowed down by this unforeseen collection causing traffic jams at peak hours. This road is also a connectivity road from Nahar and Chandivli into JVLR Powai and needs to be cleared before small hawkers start setting up shops around the dumped waste areas which are unclaimed space. Then again giving rise to more stinking garbage spots around residential areas.

(Elsie Gabriel is an award winning post graduate certified Green Teacher and Environmental Law expert. With twenty years of writing experience she has travelled to remote corners of the earth researching, photographing, documenting facts that bind the threads of anthropological wonder. Powai runs in her veins)