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
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.”
A deserted road at Kharghar during a downpour