It’s raining potholes at every node
With the continuous rains, more and more potholes are cropping up on the city’s roads.
While several areas under Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) are full of pothole-ridden roads, the scenario is worse in areas under City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) and the Panvel Municipal Council (PMC).
Residents of Kharghar, Khandeshwar, Kamothe and New Panvel and Panvel are having a rough ride as craters have developed on almost all major roads.
“Even after repeated complaints before rains, the work of road-repairing is still not complete. Although authorities from Cidco claimed to have issued tenders for the work, the work is being issued to the projectaffected people for the past three years and hence getting the work done by them is Cidco’s responsibility,” said Kiran Patil, 35, resident of Kharghar and secretary KALAMBOLI CIRCLE
of Pragati Rahivashi Mandal, Kharghar.
“Even the nullahs in sector 19, 20 and 21 have not been cleaned and de-silted adding to more problems to the residents of Kharghar,” he added.
In Khandeshwar and Kamothe, there are potholes in several sectors. Residents said the bad roads show the lack of preparations by the authorities.
Residents said potholes are the major concern which is bad every monsoon due to shoddy work. “The potholes in Khandeshwar start right from the station road and till sector 22 near the MGM Hospital connecting the Uran highway. This has been the same situation for the past three years despite PANVEL STATION ROAD
claims by the authorities of completed pre-monsoon work,” said Surabhi Joshi, 26, resident of Khandeshwar.
Residents alleged that it is difficult to drive or walk in the evenings as there are many places where streetlights are not functioning. “It is also unsafe, especially for women,” said Utpal Roy Chaudhary, 41, resident of Kamothe.
Cidco said it is aware of the problem and the inconvenience to residents. “However, we can repair them after the rains recede and the resurfacing will be done only after monsoon. As for the nullahs, the delay in the starting of the pre-monsoon work left out the cleaning of nullahs, will done
at the earliest,” said Rameshwar Kushalkar, executive engineer, Cidco, Kharghar.
Residents of other areas in Panvel, including Sukhapur, Adai, and Mahalakhsmi Nagar which falls under the gram panchayat also complained of bad roads. “Every monsoon, the condition is the same and the gram panchayat is hardly doing anything about it. There are several places where incomplete construction is adding to the problem,” said Harish Markande, 31, resident of Sukhapur.
While the authorities failed to do the pre-monsoon work and give the residents a pothole-free ride, there are no hopes of them being repaired before monsoon.
PMC official said that although the road work was completed before monsoon, potholes have surfaced.
“We did pre-monsoon work on time. There are few patches where the surfacing might have washed off causing, potholes and waterlogging. We will look into it and get it resolved,” said Mangesh Chitale, chief officer of PMC.