Thane-Be­la­pur Road ex­pan­sion work fi­nally starts at Digha

Civic body be­gins re­mov­ing the 43 struc­tures, giv­ing a boost to the project

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

DIGHA: The eight-year-long pend­ing road widen­ing work of Thane-Be­la­pur (TB) Road in Digha sec­tion has fi­nally been re­solved.

The or­der to clear the en­croach­ments was given by mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Munde last week to en­sure free flow of traf­fic on the busy road. The clear­ance of the struc­tures be­gan on Fri­day with sev­eral res­i­dents them­selves tak­ing up the work.

TB road has been one of the main roads of the city con­nect­ing Thane to var­i­ous nodes here. The road gained im­por­tance af­ter 1960 when the MIDC in­dus­trial belt was set up on its eastern side. Traf­fic on the road in­creased tremen­dously af­ter 1970 as the city of Navi Mum­bai was de­vel­oped.

Within a few years, the road was in­ad­e­quate of the ris­ing num­ber of ve­hi­cles. The road owned by Cidco and MIDC was also in pa­thetic state. Mo­torists had to spend over an hour to clear the 15 km stretch wast­ing time and money of the res­i­dents.

The NMMC in 2006, un­der the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s ASIDE scheme, de­cided to de­velop the road. The project in­volved widen­ing it to 6 lanes and con­cretis­ing the road and mak­ing it eas­ier for flow of traf­fic. Foot over­bridge and fly­overs were planned on it.

While the road was com­pleted, work in around 180 me­tre sec­tion of the road in Digha area could not be taken up due to en­croach­ments. The is­sue re­mained pend­ing for eight years due to le­gal is­sues and lo­cal op­po­si­tion. As a re­sult, de­spite the con­struc­tion of the road, there were reg­u­lar traf­fic snarls in Digha area due to the nar­row road there.

Deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ja­gan­nath Sin­narkar said, “Last week, when the com­mis­sioner vis­ited Digha ward and learnt about the pend­ing is­sue, he in­structed the anti-en­croach­ment depart­ment to clear en­croach­ments within eight days.”

He added, “The or­der was given to en­sure that the res­i­dents and mo­torists do not have to suf­fer loss of time and money and the traf­fic jams are pre­vented on the busy road.”

The or­der to clear 43 struc­tures re­sulted in sev­eral lo­cals join­ing the de­mo­li­tion work on Fri­day. Lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor Navin Gavte said, “We got our own ma­chin­ery and are clear­ing the struc­tures since morn­ing. We did not wait for the of­fi­cials.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Work­ers de­mol­ish struc­tures at Digha on Fri­day.

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