MMRDA to de­velop four ar­te­rial roads in Pan­vel

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: In an ef­fort to pro­vide bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties to Pan­vel res­i­dents, the Mum­bai Metropoli­tan Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMRDA) has started con­cretiz­ing four ma­jor roads in Pan­vel.

The Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (PMC) on the other had started de­vel­op­ing an­other road.

While the PMC has al­lo­cated a bud­get of Rs3 crore for con­cretiz­ing the one road, the MMRDA is shelling out a to­tal of Rs46 crore for the other four roads.

“These roads had been in bad shape for the past sev­eral years and con­cretiz­ing them was the need of the hour. We de­cided to de­velop the road be­hind the au­di­to­rium as the bud­get was only Rs3 crore,” said Charushila Gharat, pres­i­dent of PMC.

“The other four roads, i.e. from Thane Naka to PMC of­fice, from Ambed­kar statue to Shivaji Chowk, MG road and

Pan­charatna road needed a big­ger amount to be con­cre­tised. So lo­cal MLA Prashant Thakur re­quested the MMRDA to de­velop these roads and they agreed to do so,” she added.

Even as the PMC of­fi­cials said all five roads are likely to be ready be­fore the on­set of mon­soon, the lo­cal res­i­dents can­not ac­cept that.

“The author­i­ties started con­cretiza­tions of the roads very late and they can­not fin­ish the projects be­fore the mon­soon. This apart, they started de­vel­op­ing all five roads at the same time and it wreaked havoc on the trans­porta­tion sys­tem as well as the busi­ness in the city,” said Nilesh More, a res­i­dent of Pan­vel.the num­ber of weekly seats to 50,000 from the cur­rent 13,300.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The MMRDA is shelling out a to­tal of Rs46 crore for the four roads.

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