... PWD re­does newly built stretch on EEH

Only a year af­ter lay­ing a ce­ment con­crete road in Chem­bur...

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Geeta De­sai geeta. de­sai@ dnain­dia. net

As the Pub­lic Works De­part­ment ( PWD) re­does a stretch on the East­ern Ex­press High­way ( EEH) within just a year, sources say it might be the be­gin­ning of re­veal­ing of a ma­jor roads scam. They claimed the PWD had con­structed a ce­ment con­crete ( CC) road on the Su­man Na­gar Junc­tion stretch near RCF in Chem­bur a year ago, but is again cov­er­ing it with mas­tic as­phalt.

“Con­sid­er­ing its strength, a CC road is ex­pected to last for at least 20 years. But the qual­ity of work here was not up to the mark. The road de­vel­oped huge cracks within a year. But how can a CC road be resur­faced with mas­tic as­phalt?” rued a source. Also, the road di­vider needs to be re­de­fined with re­spect to the traf­fic lanes and ve­hic­u­lar move­ment but that is­sue has been com­pletely ne­glected. When the CC road was made, the old di­vider align­ment was re­tained, and it was al­ready in a zigzag line, said sources. At the road’s entry and exit, there are junc­tions on all three sides and th­ese stretches are un­even and very in­con­ve­nient for daily com­muters.

Ra­jku­mar Sharma, co- or­di­na­tor of AGNI and pres­i­dent of the Ad­vanced Lo­cal­ity Man­age­ment and Net­work­ing Ac­tion Com­mit­tee ( ALMANAC) in Chem­bur, criti- cised the plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion of PWD. “Imag­ine the qual­ity of work that they have to re­lay the road within a year, that too us­ing a dif­fer­ent tech­nol­ogy. Al­ready the res­i­dents are strug­gling ev­ery day on the un­du­lated patches of junc­tions made out of paver blocks. We were ex­pect­ing a smoother road on the EEH, but it seems to be a dis­tant dream,” said Sharma.

He fur­ther pointed out that the fly­over from Wadala to Chem­bur has been shut for the last few days. “The traf­fic de­part­ment has mind­lessly closed the fly­over and di­verted the en­tire traf­fic com­ing from Wadala to Sion. So those who want to come to­wards Chem­bur have to first go to Sion un­nec­es­sar­ily,” added Sharma.

When con­tacted, en­gi­neers from the PWD of­fice in Chem­bur and other of­fi­cials re­mained un­avail­able for com­ments.

— Ab­hi­nav P Kocharekar

The ce­ment road which is be­ing resur­faced with mas­tic as­phalt in Chem­bur on Satur­day

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