Kalamboli-Mumbra highway unsafe without streetlights
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.