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‘Bad roads, no vote’ pledge spreads from Kharghar to Kamothe

Boycott: Residents of nearly 25 housing societies in Kamothe have pledged not to vote this election.

Boycott: Residents of nearly 25 housing societies in Kamothe have pledged not to vote this election.   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

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Upset residents may skip voting

‘Bad roads, no vote’, a movement taken up by Kharghar residents in 2018, has gained momentum and spread to Kamothe. “Our intention is to have at least one lakh voters skipping this election to show their disappointment towards the current government so that we are heard. There has been practically no development in our area. The roads are never in a good condition. Many societies face water scarcity,” said Deepak Singh, a Kharghar resident.

Most of the societies in Roadpali, for instance, have been struggling to get continuous water supply. “Either there is no water at all or water with very low pressure. There are 96 flats in the society and we have been struggling for water for the past two years. All our letters and complaints have fallen on deaf ears. Every day we have to call five tankers,” said Hardik Tambadia from Shagun residency at Sector 17, Roadpali. The residents have also requested timely cleaning of gutters, which has not been done.

Meanwhile, in Kamothe, a welfare group comprising Sector 36 residents have pledged to not vote this time.

“We want the Election Commission to hear our voices, and hence, on Saturday, we conducted a meeting and after everyone agreed, made an announcement at the nearly 25 housing societies in the area. All the societies have agreed to support the cause, ‘No development, no vote’. We want basic facilities of pothole-free roads, public toilets and centres for senior citizens. CIDCO and PCMC have been playing blame games. When we approach CIDCO, they ask us to meet PCMC. When we meet PCMC, they ask us to meet CIDCO officials. Politicians have been taking us for granted for years,” said Mangesh Adhav, a resident of Indra Vihar in Kamothe who has been leading the Sector 36 welfare group.

The residents have also formed Facebook groups and put up posters outside societies to give out their message.

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