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

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

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.

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