SATES implemented without the NoC
It was assumed that the SATES would help to solve the congestion problem. But in the tough situations, the fire brigade vehicle cannot be taken to SATES Bridge
Thane: The Thane Municipal Corporation implemented the Station Area Traffic Enhancement Scheme (SATES) by spending Rs 35 crore. But a strange fact has come up. The Municipal Corporation did not take No Objection Certificate from the Fire Brigade department.
Thus if any mishap happens, there is no arrangement has been made for the fire brigade to reach.
To avoid the traffic congestion in the Thane railway station area, the decision to implement the SATES was come on table when Rajan Vichare was the Mayor of the municipal corporation.
The expected cost to built the over bridge was of Rs 19 crore. But while the bridge could be completed the cost turned to Rs 35 crore.
The Shiv Sena planned to inaugurate the bridge before the assembly elections. But the municipal corporation did not receive the No Objection Certificate from the Fire Brigade department and inaugurated the bridge in a hurry.
It was assumed that the SATES would help to solve the congestion problem. But in the tough situations, the fire brigade vehicle cannot be taken to SATES Bridge. The fire brigade department experienced it two years back during the mock drills. Then the fire department reached half an hour late at the spot on SATES Bridge.
NoC is given after examining whether the fire fighting vehicle could reach the accident spot. The height of the lower side of the SATES bridges built by the municipal corporation is very less and people fear that it may cause tragedy.