Residents of five residential colonies in Pisoli yesterday served notice on the local body – the Pisoli Grampanchayat categorically stating that they will no longer accept this lack of basic civic infrastructure.
In what is seen as mass anger and disgust for over 15 years of neglect and unresponsiveness, the residents marched in unison to the Grampanchayat and put the body on notice that unless basic infrastructure i.e. the approach road from the highway (NH65) to the Sai Shraddha Co op Society must be readied at the earliest.
They stated that they will not allow election campaigning in their colonies bereft of a decent approach road that has been pending for all these years.
A mass representation of occupants of five Societies in the area numbering over 6000 held demonstrations outside the office with banners and slogans demanding repairs to the approach road that has become a menace for the senior citizens, children and womenfolk of the area.
Sarpanch Navnath Mhasal gave a patient hearing and informed the representatives that the upkeep of the road was provided for in the Budget of the village, but the owers of the land were the stumbling block and were un-cooperative, making the taking up of the work difficult for the Panchayat.
The residents demanded that the facilities of road, electricity, drainage, and drinking water are infrastructure and the local authorites have sanctioned the plans for the projects considering these facilities to be provided. Hence, the Govt offering justification for its neglect was unacceptable.
At a time when Govt of Maharashtra is claiking to have constructed a record 134 km of roads in rural areas it is surprising that it was unable to modernize 300 meters of approach road which is now a threat to safety of life and property of the residents. In any case, since more projects are coming up in the locality, it will be the responsibility of the local body to ensure the facilities are put in place before any new construction activity takes place.
The residents have made it clear that they will also take up the with higher authorities if no movement is seen in the matter in the next few days.
The Sarpanch has accepted the demands of the residents. He has instructed the office to issue the tender notice for the construction of the road. The residents are hoping this work is taken up immediately and a decent road is finally made available.