... PWD redoes newly built stretch on EEH
Only a year after laying a cement concrete road in Chembur...
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.
The cement road which is being resurfaced with mastic asphalt in Chembur on Saturday