72 tree falls re­ported since rain started Sub­ways wa­ter­logged, or­deal for mo­torists

City re­ceived 76.45 mm rain­fall on Satur­day; NMMC cell has got 16 com­plaints so far

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - On Satur­day. Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Fri­day. As pre­dicted by the In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment, we are ex­pect­ing suf­fi­cient rain wa­ter in July and Au­gust to meet the ba­sic de­mands in the city,” the of­fi­cial said.

The City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (CIDCO) ad­min­is­tra­tion has con­structed six sub­ways along the tran­shar­bour route at Airoli, Ra­bale, Ghan­soli, Koparkhairane, Turbhe and San­pada to en­sure smooth travel for cit­i­zens in the city.

Ev­ery mon­soon, the sub­ways turn into ponds. This is a night­mare for mo­torists.

Pedes­tri­ans as well as mo­torists con­tinue to face hard­ships be­cause of wa­ter­log­ging in the sub­ways dur­ing mon­soon due to lackadaisical at­ti­tude of con­cerned of­fi­cials. The of­fi­cials have put no plan in place to re­move wa­ter log­ging from the sub­ways.

Deepak Mha­tre, a res­i­dent of Ghan­soli, said: “Ve­hi­cles that have to travel to and fro ThaneBe­la­pur Road can be seen stuck in a traf­fic jam in the sub­ways for hours. They are of­ten un­us­able dur­ing heavy rains as the wa­ter lev­els rise.”

He added, “Though the ad­min­is­tra­tion has in­stalled pumps to pre­vent wa­ter stag­na­tion in the sub­way in rains, at times, the pumps are not op­er­a­tional lead­ing to the wa­ter log­ging in the sub­way for sev­eral days. If they work, they do not pos­sess enough ca­pac­ity to deal with the heavy wa­ter­log­ging.”

The con­di­tion of Ra­bale sub­way that has been con­structed for the con­ve­nience of Goth­ivali vil­lagers is no dif­fer­ent. The peo­ple, es­pe­cially se­nior cit­i­zens, are forced to walk through muddy wa­ter leak­ing from side walls of the sub­way.

There is no light in the sub­way, near Airoli rail­way sta­tion. At times, power is cut off in the sub­ways. Pedes­tri­ans pre­fer to cross the rail­way line rather than walk in the sub­way due to wa­ter leak­age and power cut.

Wa­ter­log­ging in sub­way, near Kopar Khairane rail­way sta­tion, has caused in­con­ve­nience to mo­torists us­ing it. De­spite cit­i­zens’ com­plaints, the au­thor­i­ties have not paid heed to the is­sue.

A Cidco of­fi­cial said, “We have in­stalled pumps at the sub­ways and are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion. We are try­ing to en­sure that the mo­torists do not suf­fer.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

A de­serted road at Kharghar dur­ing a down­pour

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