De­funct street­lights make driv­ing on Sion-Panvel high­way an or­deal

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The street lights on Sion-Panvel high­way have been de­funct for the past sev­eral days.

Even af­ter be­ing aware of the fre­quent ac­ci­dents that take place on the busy road, the Ma­ha­rash­tra State Road De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (MSRDC) has taken no steps to re­pair them, leav­ing mo­torists to travel risk­ing their lives.

Ac­cord­ing to sources from the Navi Mum­bai traf­fic depart­ment, around 79 peo­ple died in 73 ac­ci­dents on Sion-Panvel high­way in 2014. Fifty peo­ple lost their lives in 48 ac­ci­dents last year. So far, this year around 12 peo­ple died in ac­ci­dents on the road.

The six-lane road which was in a very bad shape was re­con­structed more than a year ago, but lit­tle at­ten­tion was paid for light­ing the road prop­erly.

“More peo­ple died on this road in 2013 and 2014 while the road was be­ing con­structed. With the com­ple­tion of the con­struc­tion work, the num­ber of ac­ci­dents de­creased. How­ever, 50 deaths in a year is a se­ri­ous mat­ter. Need­less to say, de­funct street­light is one of the main cause of the ac­ci­dents that take place at night,” said a traf­fic of­fi­cial.

Balasaheb Gade, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Panvel traf­fic unit, said, “The street­lights near Khan­desh­war and Kalam­boli have been de­funct for more than a week now. There is no street­light in the Thane Naka area (near Gar­den Ho­tel) for years now.”

“We have writ­ten to the MSRDC sev­eral times, re­quest­ing them to re­pair them. But, we have not got any sat­is­fac­tory re­ply from them. Apart from street­lights, they should also put sign­boards to alert mo­torists of ma­jor curves,” he said.

Ritesh Mal­ho­tra, 37, a res­i­dent of Kharghar said, “Sev­eral street­lights on the stretch be­tween Be­la­pur junc­tion and Kharghar rail­way sta­tion are not work­ing for al­most two weeks now. Peo­ple like us who drive reg­u­larly on the road are also fac­ing the prob­lem.”

De­spite re­peated at­tempts, the MSRDC of­fi­cials were un­avail­able for com­ments.

We have writ­ten to the MSRDC sev­eral times, re­quest­ing them to re­pair the street­lights. But, we have not got any sat­is­fac­tory re­ply. They should also put sign­boards to alert mo­torists of ma­jor curves. BALASAHEB GADE, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Panvel traf­fic unit

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