However the facts remain there that the local administration is not aware of the problems of road users. It is well known fact that after Level Crossing (LC) Gate No. 62 was closed by railways long back without providing alternate access the general public is facing day-to-day problems due to non-accessibility from one side to the other of the Central Railway Line passing through the town.
Due to closure of LC No. 62 by railways, MDR-45, ODR-181 which connected to the important roads like NH-3 and NH-222 were rendered useless. The population of Vasind town and other surrounding villages counts around 1,00,000 and they are not only accessible to NH-3 & NH-222 but they are also not able to avail local amenities like, markets, hospitals, schools, banks, Post Offices, Cooking Gas, Petrol Pump, Panchayat, Tahasil and District Headquarters Offices. In order to address the issue of water logging of the existing RUB, Central Railways has recently provided sump & pump arrangement to bail out water from RUB. The people are thankful to the railways for this kind of act but this arrangement is not purposeful when large amount of water, say almost mounting water up to the level of top of the RUB in the rainy season. In these circumstances the people remain helpless even in the medical and fire emergencies. This matter has been taken up by the National Human Rights Commission of India with Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Central Railway, Mumbai and the District Collector of Thane District but it seems that the authorities are not paying much attention in the proportion of the public problems in this triable populated area.
The JSW Steel Ltd has one of its important plants located in Vasind. Tata Development Company's Subsidiary has planned a hill township in Vasind which would include 1512 residential apartments. Vaibhav Vasind Hills has also planned a housing township which asserts to construct over 550 residential apartments.
The population is around 100,000. It is experiencing high growth in recent years due fairly good frequency of Mumbai Suburban Railway, established market, adequate water supply, less pollution due to being surrounded by forest and greenery.
Vasind is also well connected through National Highway 3 (India).
Vasind is well connected through Railway(Mumbai Suburban Railway) & Highway (National Highway 3 (India)). It is located on the banks of the Bhatsa river. Vasind is surrounded by hills. Historic Mahuli fort is right behind Vasind around 8 km.
Manas Mandir is 8 km away from Vasind. It is the second most important temple of Jain community.Hanuman Mandir, Vithal Mandir, Saibaba Mandir, Ganesh Mandir in Sai Sansar Sankul is famous in Vasind. Church of the Nazarene, near to Vasind railway station, near platform no 2. this is First Church building in Vasind, it started in late 1907...
Utkarsha college of arts, commerce and science is the first Degree college in Vasind started in 2008. Saraswati vidyalaya is the first and largest school established in Vasind in 1960. Other schools include New ideal school, G.K.Gurukul school providing quality education to the students. Jindal Vidya Mandir, affiliated to Central Board Of Secondary Education school was established in 1994 by the Jindal Group and is one of the best schools in thane district.
There are many Villages around Vasind.They are Bhatsai where the Bhatsa Dam Flows,Pali where there is Jindal Power Station, & Sarmal which is the most neat & clean & Tidy Village in Thane District & also there is a Jindal recreation. Khativali, Vehloli, Gerase, Kosale, Shere, Shei, Sane, Dahagaon, Kasane are within 5 km radius.
It is understood that in a report dated 12.08.2015 submitted by ADEN (Wks) KYN to the Hon. National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi, India it was mentioned that :
(1) ROB at the location of the L-xing is being processed by PWD at a cost of Rs. 32 Crores.
(2) Joint Inspection of the ROB has already been done by Railways & PWD authorities.
(3) Based on the joint inspection GAD was finalized.
It is understood that copies of GAD and Technical Note were sent to the Executive Engineer, Road Project Division, Konkan Bhavan, Navi Mumbai by the SE (BR), DC, Konkan Bhavan Navi Mumbai vide letter Outward No. BR-III/TNE-111/516/2015 dated 31.03.2015 for further necessary action with the mention that "Considering complexity of the site, it would be desirable to invite lump-sum tenders based on contractor's alternative designs, with endorsing copies of the communication to the SE, PW Circle, Thane and the EE, TCD,Thane .
It is further understood that the EE, TCD, Thane had submitted GAD and Technical Note to the Senior Divisional Engineer, CST Rly. Station, Mumbai vide letter No. TCD/PB4/2915 dated 8.4.2015 for approval of the proposal. The similar request for approval of the proposal was made by the EE, TCD, Thane to the ADEN, Kalyan (Works), Kalyan Railway Station, Kalyan also in May, 2015.
It is further understood that the ADEN, Kalyan (Works), Kalyan Railway Station, Kalyan vide his letter No. ADEN/Wks/KYN/BB/W/5074/VSD dated 1.6.2015 had desired to make certain changes in the GAD as discussed with Shri P.G. Gore in his office and requested to resubmit the modified GAD to Central Railway for approval at the earliest.
Hon. National Human Rights Commission of India has again directed the Secretary, PWD, DRM, Central Railway, Mumbai and the District Magistrate, Thane to apprise of the present status of the case.
National Human Rights Commission of India
The Temporary Arrangement made by the Central Railway at existing RUB is not fit for road users in rainy season as the level of water at RUB almost remains at the top. General public of Vasind Town and its surrounding villages in Shahapur Taluka of Thane District are facing problems due to non-accessibility by road users from one side to the other side of the Central Railway Line passing through the Town. There was Level Crossing (LC) Gate No. 62 for use by the public but it was closed long back without providing alternate access from one side to other. Under the prevailing circumstances people are using RUB meant for water flowing from west to east towards Bhatsa River. In rainy season this RUB is also not available to road users. Surprisingly, the District Collector of Thane District is keeping mum on this issue even after National Human Rights Commission of India has raised the issue with him.