Man­pada rd re­stored, but res­i­dents worry it won’t sur­vive the rain

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The road from Happy Val­ley to Man­pada gate of the Sanjay Gandhi Na­tional Park, which was fi­nally re­stored af­ter 12 years, may not last long. Res­i­dents claim the lack of stormwa­ter drains on this road will dam­age it in the mon­soon. The cor­po­ra­tion, how­ever, claimed the for­est depart­ment did not is­sue per­mis­sion to widen the road suf­fi­ciently to con­struct the drains.

More than a thou­sand res­i­dents from Man­pada will now write to the for­est depart­ment de­mand­ing per­mis­sion to in­stall the drain on May 1, Ma­ha­rash­tra Day.

Res­i­dents have re­peat­edly com­plained about the road’s con­di­tion for more than a decade. The road was un­der the for­est depart­ment and thus the Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion could not de­velop it with­out per­mis­sion from the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, hence the long de­lay.

Shashiku­mar Nair, a res­i­dent of Happy Val­ley, said, “The re­pair and restora­tion work on this road

fi­nally be­gan in Novem­ber last year and was com­pleted on April 1. The cor­po­ra­tion has spent over Rs1.2 crore on this road. The area is prone to flood­ing in the mon­soon and will wash away or de­velop pot­holes.” This 500-m road is at the foothills of Yeoor hills. So when it rains, res­i­dents said the water flows from the hills on to the road, flood­ing the area.

The civic body said it will need per­mis­sion from the for­est

for the drains. “A pro­posal of a 30-m road was sub­mit­ted to the for­est depart­ment. But they have given us per­mis­sion to con­struct only 7.5-m road on each side. It is not pos­si­ble to build stormwa­ter drains with such small width. We have, how­ever, sub­mit­ted a re­vised pro­posal to the for­est depart­ment and once we get ap­proval to ex­pand the road, the drains will be con­structed,” said Nitin M Pawar, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer of TMC.

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The road was un­der the for­est depart­ment and thus the Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion could not de­velop it with­out per­mis­sion from the cen­tral gov­ern­ment

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