Dug-up roads at Pan­vel to slow down traf­fic dur­ing rain

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Pan­vel: The de­lay in bhu­mipoo­jan, de­spite the is­sue of a work or­der to the con­trac­tor, has led to con­creti­sa­tion work of roads in Pan­vel tak­ing much longer time to com­plete and they are not likely to be com­pleted be­fore the mon­soon.

The dug-up roads could lead to heavy traf­fic jams in the city which will prove to be a huge has­sle for res­i­dents. Lo­cal res­i­dents and politi­cians are de­mand­ing that the ad­min­is­tra­tion take im­me­di­ate steps in this re­gard.

NCP city pres­i­dent and coun­cil­lor Shiv­das Kam­ble has writ­ten let­ters to PMC pres­i­dent Charusheela Gharat and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mangesh Chi­tale ask­ing them to take note of the prob­lems that the city will face owing to the road con­creti­sa­tion work that is on.

Kam­ble said, “The ten­der process for the con­creti­sa­tion work was com­pleted in Oc­to­ber 2015. The work or­der too was is­sued to the con­trac­tor. How­ever, as top state lead­ers were not able to give their time, the inau­gu­ra­tion of work was not done.”

He added, “Fi­nally on Jan­uary 8, the bhoomipu­jan was per­formed and only then the work be­gun.”

Pan­vel res­i­dents face prob­lems ev­ery year be­cause of the pot­holes on the roads. It is to re­solve the pot­hole men­ace that the PMC ad­min­is­tra­tion un­der­took con­creti­sa­tion work of five main roads in the city. The work to be done with MMRDA’s as­sis­tance will cost Rs30 crore.

Atul Jait­pal, a res­i­dent, said, “With the mon­soon set to be­gin soon, the roads in the city have been dug up. All the dig­ging and other such work will have to be stopped in the city af­ter May 30.”

“With work re­main­ing in­com­plete on im­por­tant roads, there are bound to be traf­fic is­sues. The res­i­dents will face daily prob­lems and there is pos­si­bil­ity of ac­ci­dents as well,” said Jait­pal.

The NCP has asked the PMC pres­i­dent and CEO to en­sure the res­i­dents do not face prob­lems.

Kam­ble said, “We have warned that if the req­ui­site mea­sures are not taken be­fore mon­soon to re­solve the is­sue, we will launch an ag­i­ta­tion.

“The work was de­layed by 3 months owing to the bhoomipu­jan is­sue. The main roads are to­day dug up which will def­i­nitely af­fect nor­mal traf­fic move­ment. The ad­min­is­tra­tion should now take cor­rec­tive ac­tion,” added Kam­ble.

PMC of­fi­cials said they are tak­ing ad­e­quate mea­sures to en­sure res­i­dents do not suf­fer.

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