Pothole-ridden roads add to travel woes
MONSOON MESS Municipal corporation claims they have not got complaints on potholes; 66 cases of tree fall reported in past 10 days
Even as the persistent showers have brought relief from the heat, it has affected the traffic movement in the city.
Potholes and waterlogged roads have added to commuters’ woes.
Although most roads in the city do not have huge potholes, craters have developed at Shiravne flyover in Nerul, Turbhe flyover near the police station, Sion-Panvel highway near Turbhe naka side, APMC market in Vashi and Sanpada station subway.
Commuters have been having a tough time travelling through the pothole-ridden roads.
“I was returning from Mahape on Thursday evening when I got stuck near Turbhe Naka for an hour,” said Hemangi Patil, 32, resident of Nerul. Residents said that although it is just been the beginnings of monsoon, most parts of the city are already jam packed due to slow moving traffic.
“Two days ago, I had to wait for half an hour to take a turn from the APMC circle while going towards Vashi sector 17,” said Deepak Singh, 34, resident of Vashi.
“It’s the beginning of monsoon and commuting problems have started. The municipal authorities which claimed that they were prepared for rain,” said Singh.
As per the data with the disaster management team of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), the city has received a total of 635mm rainfall this year till Friday.
Officials from the department said they have received around 66 cases of tree fall in the past 10 days till Wednesday. While there have been 13 calls reported for waterlogging till Wednesday.
There have been no cases of tree falling and waterlogging reported on Thursday and Friday though when the city SION-PANVEL HIGHWAY, TURBHE
saw heavy downpour.
“We have not received any calls for potholes till now on any of the disaster management helpline number or toll- free number,” said Abhijeet Katkar, an official from the disaster management cell, NMMC.
“If residents or commuters come across potholes, they can directly call us or even take a picture mentioning the location and send on the WhatsApp number, we will inform the respective ward and get it rectified,” said Katkar.
Commuters slammed the civic body’s claims of not receiving complaints for potholes.
“Even after so much monsoon preparedness, the civic body’s monsoon preparedness is not efficient enough,” said Bharat Salunkhe, 41, resident of Kopar Khairane.
“The officials should take rounds during heavy rains and observe the road and traffic conditions in the city,” he added. SHIRAVNE FLYOVER, NERUL
Three people, who allegedly cheated two Kharghar residents promising discounted foreign trips, were booked by the police on Friday.
According to the police, the accused work in the Kharghar branch of Priority International Holiday Club Private Ltd and they have their office at Landmark building at Sector 7 in Kharghar. They would give the victims fake membership card claiming that they have tie-ups in five-star hotels in Europe.
Five employees of the Vashi branch of the company were arrested by the APMC police on Sunday for similar offences.
“The club people would meet couples at the shopping malls and give them lucky draw coupons. Later, they would call them to their office saying they have won the lottery and eligible for discounted trips. They would also give small gifts to the prospective victims and convinced them to be members of the club,” said SV Patil, police inspector from Kharghar police station.
“The accused had taken Rs1.8 lakh from the first complainant and Rs95,000 from the second complainant for issuing fake membership cards. However, at the time of signing on the papers they did not tell them that the money was non-refundable,” he said.
After the APMC police arrested five people from the Vashi branch of the club on Sunday, the victims got suspicious. They procured one list of hotels shown by the club and crosschecked if the club has tie-ups with them.
“The hotel management told them that they did not know any club by that name. The victims registered an FIR on Friday,” Patil said.
The police have booked the accused under sections 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). No arrest has been made so far.
“We think, the accused cheated more people. We are investigating the matter,” another police officer said.