Res­i­dents’ wait for 17 sub­ways gets longer

Work on wa­ter pipe­lines, con­trac­tors’ ap­a­thy leave project stuck; forces lo­cals to risk their lives while cross­ing the high­way

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT­NAV­I­MUM­BAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KHARGHAR: The in­com­plete sub­way work on Sion-Pan­vel high­way has not only been caus­ing in­con­ve­nience to res­i­dents, but also cre­at­ing fears of wa­ter­log­ging dur­ing mon­soon.

With light ve­hi­cles on Kharghar toll naka not be­ing charged toll tax, the con­trac­tor is re­ported to be ig­nor­ing the sub­way work be­cause of lesser rev­enue.

The in­com­plete sub­way has led to a host of prob­lems --- they are filled with wa­ter all the time, slum dwellers wash clothes and there is also fear of anti-so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place.

The PWD un­der­took the road­widen­ing work of Sion-Pan­vel high­way to re­duce travel time be­tween Mum­bai and Pune.

Sion-Pan­vel Toll­ways Pri­vate Limited ( SPTPL) took up the Rs1, 200-crore project.

While the road has been widened, there are plans to con­struct sub­ways and foot over­bridges at prime junc­tions and places along the high­way.

The work in­cludes 17 pedes­trian sub­ways and 10 foot-over­bridges be­tween BARC and Kalam­boli.

The SPTPL has com­pleted work on some sub­ways and foot over­bridges.

How­ever, work on a ma­jor­ity of sub­ways has been pend­ing for months.

The toll naka at Kharghar was started to cover the cost of Sion-Pan­vel widen­ing project. How­ever, fol­low­ing ob­jec­tion by lo­cals, the gov­ern­ment ex­empted light ve­hi­cles from toll charges. Hence, the con­trac­tor has re­port­edly in­formed PWD that it is not get­ting rev­enue as ex­pected. Also, along with other toll com­pa­nies, SPTPL too has ap­proached the court for com­pen­sa­tion.

In Nerul and Kharghar, the sub­way work has re­port­edly stuck due to the wa­ter pipe­lines. How­ever in Uran Phata, Kalam­boli cir­cle and other ar­eas, there are no such is­sues and yet the work is in­com­plete.

In­braj Pan­dian, a res­i­dent of San­pada, said: “All sub­ways had been filled with rain wa­ter last mon­soon. Although it’s sum­mer, the sub­ways can be found filled with wa­ter. This has led to fear of wa­ter­log­ging in the area.”

Res­i­dents have also seen that peo­ple wash clothes in the sub­way dur­ing the day.

Kharghar res­i­dents, who have been wait­ing f or t he work to be com­plete, are dis­ap­pointed. They said that the in­com­plete work may lead to cost es­ca­la­tion.

Ji­gar De­sai, a Kharghar res­i­dent, said: “The main junc­tion on the high­way is the busiest road. There is an ur­gent for ei­ther a foot- over- bridge or a sub­way. There have been sev­eral ac­ci­dents on the high­way.”

Satish Shravge, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer of PWD, blamed the con­trac­tor for the de­lay.

“The de­lay in com­ple­tion of sub­way work on Sion- Pan­vel high­way is be­cause of the con­trac­tor. We have is­sued a no­tice to SPTPL. We are mak­ing ef­forts to re­solve the prob­lems faced by the res­i­dents by pro­vid­ing some al­ter­na­tive.”

A spokesper­son for SPTPL said, “The work has been de­layed. We will start the work soon.”

SAN­PADA

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KHARGHAR

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PHO­TOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

KALAM­BOLI

3 The in­com­plete sub­way has led to a host of prob­lems -- they are filled with wa­ter all the time, slum dwellers wash clothes and there is also fear of anti-so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place.

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KAMOTHE

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URAN

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NERUL

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