Af­ter mishaps, res­i­dents’ de­mand for FOB grows louder

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

TURBHE: Up­set with the grow­ing num­ber of fa­tal ac­ci­dents on Thane-Be­la­pur Road, res­i­dents of Turbhe store area have re­vived their de­mand for a foot-over­bridge (FoB) to be con­structed on the road at the ear­li­est.

The de­mand was made in the light of the re­cent fatal­ity in which a woman, iden­ti­fied as Ki­ran­devi Ra­jak, 32, and her son Satyam, 3, were killed in an accident around 6.30am on Satur­day on Thane-Be­la­pur Road.

The res­i­dents and elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the area have re­peat­edly fol­lowed up on the is­sue. But there has been lit­tle ac­tion from the ad­min­is­tra­tion. The res­i­dents also blocked the road on Satur­day to protest against the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s lack­adaisi­cal ap­proach. The po­lice had to in­ter­vene to bring the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol.

Res­i­dents said there have been sev­eral ac­ci­dents on Thane-Be­la­pur Road. Prakash Kharat, a lo­cal res­i­dent, said, “On the eas­tend of Thane-Be­la­pur Road is a res­i­den­tial area, while the rail­way sta­tion is on the west side. Hence, peo­ple have no op­tion but to cross the road. There are speed break­ers on the road, but mo­torists con­tinue to cross the speed limit, of­ten lead­ing to ac­ci­dents.”

Ra­jesh Shende, a nom­i­nated Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tor, said, “For years, we have been de­mand­ing a foot over­bridge, traf­fic sig­nal and more speed break­ers. Around 5 to 6 peo­ple have been killed in the past six months. Un­for­tu­nately, the ad­min­is­tra­tion does not seem in­ter­ested.”

Lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor Suresh Kulka­rni said, “I have been fol­low­ing up on the is­sue. The es­ti­mate for the project has been pre­pared. There has been a de­lay in ap­point­ing a con­sul­tant.”

He added, “There was no progress owing to mon­soon. But I have writ­ten to the civic body and I am con­fi­dent a foot over­bridge will be con­structed at the ear­li­est.”

Res­i­dents have been de­mand­ing a foot over­bridge on Thane-Be­la­pur Road to en­sure the safety of pedes­tri­ans.

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