MNS to block roads in Uran on Mon­day to protest ac­ci­dents

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

CBD BELAPUR:

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.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

MNS leader Nitin Sarde­sai (right) an­nounces that the party would protest on May 9 against JNPT road ac­ci­dents.

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