MNS to block roads in Uran on Monday to protest accidents
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena ( MNS) has declared a chakka jam agitation on May 9 in protest against the rising incidents of accidents in Uran taluka.
The party has alleged that the state of affairs is due to bad planning of JNPT.
The agitation will be led by party’s general secretary Nitin Sardesai who addressed a press conference on the issue in Belapur, earlier this week.
MNS vice- president Sanjay Jamdar, Navi Mumbai city president Gajanan Kale, Raigad district president Atul Bhagat were present at the press conference in Belapur.
Sardesai said, “It was in 198889 that JNPT operations began. Since then the port’s turnover has gone up by 200%. Now it is being expanded further with an additional port being planned.”
He added, “However, amenities of proper roads, parking, service road, flyover and railway bridge are yet to be provided.”
Sardesai said, “This has led to the ever rising number of accidents and also regular traffic snarls in the area. Almost 700 to 800 people have lost their lives in the last 10 to 15 years.”
He added, “Both the goods traffic and regular traffic run on the same road which are narrow. The locals who cross the roads are the worst affected due to injuries and deaths in accidents. The trailers too take hours to reach JNPT due to heavy traffic.”
Sardesai said, “70% to 80% drivers of containers operating in the region are from outside Maharashtra. The licences they have are bogus. This is also an important cause of regular accidents in the area.”
According to Sardesai, “MNS had repeatedly written on the issue to JNPT chairman, district collector and Cidco administration. There has been no adequate response on the issues yet. We have learnt that even business is suffering here due to the state of affairs.”
Asked the modus of agitation, Desai said, “What form the agitation takes will be clear on Monday. We will ensure that the authorities take concrete action in the matter.”
MNS leader Nitin Sardesai (right) announces that the party would protest on May 9 against JNPT road accidents.