No more traffic jams on Thane’s Kapurbawdi flyover Smart city project on agenda: Mundhe
(Above) Police chief Hemant Nagrale and MLA Manda Mhatre greet Muslims on Eid at Noor Masjid on Thursday. (Top right) Children greet each other after offering namaz; senior police inspector Ajay Kumar Landge greets people at Noor Masjid.
The bumpy ride along the Kapurbawdi flyover has finally eased as the authorities have filled almost all potholes.
On Thursday, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) sent another notice to the contractor, asking it to maintain the road and ease commuters’ woes or face the consequences.
An MSRDC official, requesting anonymity, said, “The contractor himself filled the potholes. However, the filling is temporary and the bitumen will flow off if there is heavy rain. We have thus asked him to keep on regularly filling the potholes on this flyover.”
“We sent him another notice saying if commuters face problems on this flyover during the monsoon, he will have to face the consequences,” he said.
Hindustan Times had reported about the traffic congestion and the bumpy ride along the Kapurbawdi flyover owing to the many potholes which had cropped up during rains.
The MSRDC had served notice to the contractor asking him to fill the potholes or they will get it filled from some other contractor and the money would be deducted from his bills. The official said the contractor would be blacklisted if the road deteriorates. The MSRDC claimed that there was no congestion on the flyover.
However, the rough ride on Potholes on Kapurbawdi flyover have been filled, giving commuters a smooth ride.
Rutu Park flyover will continue. “The road can be repaired only if we get a dry spell or else the bitumen will wash off with the rain water,” he added.
The last of the five arms of the Kapurbawdi flyover was opened for the public in August last year. Barely a year later, the flyover from Ghodbunder to Mumbai developed craters.
The traffic going towards Nashik and Mumbai from Ghodbunder during the peak hours is blocked on this final arm since it started raining last week.
POTHOLE FILLING NOT UP TO MARK: RESIDENTS
While the Thane Municipal Corporation claims to have filled 1000 square feet of potholes, the work is not up to the mark.
The corporation has filled the potholes on some part of the road while the remaining potholes on the same roads are still not repaired.
Ratan Awsarmol, city engineer of TMC said, “We have undertaken the pothole filling at the Majiwada and Manpada wards using the jetpatcher machine. We have filled around 1000 square feet of area. A survey of number of potholes across the city has also been undertaken.”
He said that the potholes at Majiwada, Balkum and Manpada areas have been filled.
“The ones at Kolshet are still remaining and we will start work on them the next couple of days. The filling work with jetpatcher is fast and the potholes will not reappear for a year,” he added.
In a direct clash with the NCP, which had last year rejected the Centre’s project of smart city, NMMC commissioner Tukaram Mundhe has said that the project is on his agenda and that all roadblocks will be removed to make Navi Mumbai a smart city.
He has again placed the proposal before a state government steering committee which has asked him to get the general body approval.
The NCP has said it is still opposed to the project. The opposition meanwhile feels that it is too late now to rectify the tremendous loss to the city.
The Ganesh Naik led NCP had using its majority, rejected the proposal for the smart city project of the central government last year stating that the proposed special purpose vehicle (SPV) that will implement the project will render the elected corporators of NMMC powerless.
There had been a huge hue and cry over the decision that had come after the NCP had praised and participated in it over months and the administration had spent crores of rupees taking people’s suggestions for it.
The then municipal commissioner Dinesh Waghmare had approached the chief minister, who gave the green signal for Navi Mumbai’s participation in the project. The city however lost out as it did not meet the requirement of the NMMC general body approving it.
Mundhe said, “I had said at the end of the general body meeting recently that smart city is on my agenda. I want it and we will remove all roadblocks for it.”
Mundhe said, “The SPV will not take away anyone’s rights and powers. It has government officials and also civic office bearers as its members. An SPV is required for implementing a project of this magnitude. It ensures completion of the project in time bound programme.”
He added, “The project will be implemented based on the people’s suggestions and demands that we have received. It is not based on official whim. People have stated their priorities and the top priorities will be taken up.”