Kalam­boli-Mum­bra high­way un­safe with­out street­lights

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar

The street­lights on the Mum­bra-Shil­phata stretch on the Kalam­boli-Mum­bra na­tional high­way have been off for the past few months, lead­ing to ac­ci­dents among mo­torists at night.

As the mo­torists are still be­ing made to pay toll charges at the Dhansar toll naka on the high­way – de­spite the de­funct street­lights – they are out­raged.

“Where are the ser­vices that should be pro­vided along with the toll that is col­lected?” said Ganesh Mha­tre, a lo­cal res­i­dent.

He added, “As a num­ber of vil­lages are lo­cated along the high­way, res­i­dents need to cross it fre­quently. The ab­sence of street­lights en­dan­gers them and causes prob­lems for mo­torists.”

“Mo­torists are of­ten un­able to see the di­vider on the high­way or even peo­ple cross­ing, which leads to ac­ci­dents,” said Ja­nar­dan Tho­rat, po­lice in­spec­tor (Traf­fic), Taloja.

He added, “Proper light­ing will help in the smooth flow of traf­fic and the rate of ac­ci­dents will come down.”

The high­way is con­nected to Pan­vel and leads to Mum­bra, Kalyan, Ambernath and Nashik, along with Gu­jarat, Ra­jasthan and the high­ways lead­ing to the north­ern states. Mo­torists use it to travel to Goa and the south­ern states.

It is also used by heavy ve­hi­cles that come to the iron and steel mar­ket in Kalam­boli and to the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Port, sit­u­ated a few kilo­me­tres away. The high­way wit­nesses con­stant traf­fic due to the trans­port of goods and con­sign­ments.

De­spite the high­way be­ing nar­row, there are en­croach­ments on both its sides. The prob­lem has been com­pounded by the lack of ad­e­quate light­ing, usu­ally pro­vided by the Ma­ha­rash­tra State Road Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

The po­lice depart­ment said it was try­ing to get the lights back on.

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