Manpada rd restored, but residents worry it won’t survive the rain
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.
The road was under the forest department and thus the Thane Municipal Corporation could not develop it without permission from the central government