Dom­bivli fire shuts Manpada Road for an hour

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Manpada Road, which is a vi­tal link be­tween sev­eral cities, wit­nessed a thick jam dur­ing the Dom­bivli fire in­ci­dent.

Fire en­gulfed Ul­tra Pure Chem­i­cal Com­pany in Dom­bivli MIDC around 9am on Satur­day, lead­ing to snarls on most con­nec­tors.

The road that con­nects Kalyan to Dom­bivli, Shil­phata, Thane, Bhi­wandi, Pan­vel and Ma­hape saw sev­eral ve­hi­cles queu­ing up for more than an hour.

The road was closed for ve­hi­cles as the fire couldn’t be brought un­der con­trol and it was spread­ing across the premises.

The Manpada stretch sees traf­fic of pri­vate ve­hi­cles, car­gos and tankers ev­ery day.

The traf­fic po­lice, who rushed to the fire spot, could not con­trol the jam as many mo­torists had parked their ve­hi­cles to have a look at the in­ferno.

“It was a huge task man­ag­ing the traf­fic, as peo­ple were not co­op­er­at­ing. We man­aged to re­move all the ve­hi­cles and then halt the traf­fic move­ment for an hour. It took some time to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion,” said Jay­want Na­grale, API, traf­fic Dom­bivli.

A team of 25 from the Ea­gle Brigade team Dom­bivli, a group of so­cial ac­tivists, also reached the spot to help the traf­fic po­lice to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion.

“There was no space on the road when we reached. Not a

sin­gle ve­hi­cle could move. First, we man­aged to move the ve­hi­cles to make way for the am­bu­lances and the fire ten­ders,” said Vish­wanath Bi­walkar, the founder of Ea­gle Brigade.

Sev­eral com­muters, who reached the spot and found the jam, de­cided to take an­other

route.

“When I reached the area, I saw smoke bil­low­ing t he en­tire Manpada Road congested. I im­me­di­ately de­cided to take Shivaji Chowk in Kalyan ( west), which is an al­ter­na­tive route con­nect­ing Bhi­wandi and Thane,” said

Jayesh Mane, 32.

Umesh Chaud­hary, 37, takes the Manpada Road ev­ery­day.

He learnt about the in­ci­dent on Manpada Road when he was on his way to of­fice in Pan­vel.

“I de­cided to avoid t he usual route. I also in­formed my friends who take the road daily. I took the Chakki Naka road, an­other route from Kalyan east, which con­nects the Haji Malang Road and then took the road to Taloja and Pan­vel. The Manpada Road is the most con­ve­nient one to my of­fice,” said Chaud­hary, a res­i­dent of Vi­jay­na­gar, Kalyan east.

RISHIKESH CHOUDHARY

Thick smoke billows af­ter a fire broke out in Ul­tra Pure Chem­i­cal Com­pany, Dom­bivli MIDC, on Satur­day.

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