It’s rain­ing pot­holes at ev­ery node

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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