Rail­way po­lice chief is city’s new joint po­lice com­mis­sioner Traf­fic eases on Thane-Be­la­pur Road

Af­ter two lanes open for traf­fic, ve­hi­cle move­ment on the busy stretch at Digha be­comes smoother

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Rail­way po­lice com­mis­sioner of Mum­bai, Mad­hukar Pandey, has been named as the joint com­mis­sioner of po­lice in Navi Mum­bai.

A trans­fer or­der re­leased by the state home min­istry on Fri­day fea­tured Pandey’s name.

The Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sion­er­ate ear­lier had a post of ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of po­lice and the of­fi­cer hold­ing the charges would over­look crime in­ves­ti­ga­tions, traf­fic man­age­ment, ad­min­is­tra­tion and other im­por­tant branches of the po­lice depart­ment.

The post has now been up­graded to joint com­mis­sioner of po­lice.

“Even as the ex­ist­ing post has been up­graded to joint com­mis­sioner, there will hardly be any dif­fer­ence in the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the of­fi­cer hold­ing the post,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer from Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner’s of­fice.

“The new of­fi­cer will have to han­dle the same re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, ear­lier tack­led by the ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner,” he said.

In the sec­ond week of Jan­uary, the state pro­moted and trans­ferred the ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of po­lice of Navi Mum­bai, VR Chauhan to Pune as In­spec­tor Gen­eral of po­lice (IGP).

The post had been ly­ing va­cant for the past six months.

“The post has been up­graded and the new of­fi­cer has also been ap­pointed for it. It is good news for us. We think af­ter he is re­lieved by the rail­way po­lice, the new of­fi­cer will join us on Mon­day or Tues­day,” said Dilip Sawant, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime).

Two con­crete lanes on Thane-Be­la­pur road were thrown open to traf­fic re­cently.

The busy road, which used to see reg­u­lar traf­fic snarls, has now be­come a smooth ride.

Work on the re­main­ing lanes is in progress and ex­pected to be com­pleted soon.

Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ankush Cha­van said, “Work on two lanes has been com­pleted and hence they were thrown open for traf­fic ear­lier this week.”

He added, “Work on the re­main­ing lanes is in progress and will be com­pleted at the ear­li­est.”

The road widen­ing and con­creti­sa­tion work in the Digha sec­tion of Thane-Be­la­pur Road had been stuck for the past eight years. Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe, af­ter tak­ing charge, got the en­croach­ments on the road re­moved in May.

This paved way for con­cretiza­tion work.

Thane-Be­la­pur Road is the busiest road in the city af­ter Sion-Pan­vel highway. It has been one of the main roads of the city con­nect­ing Thane to var­i­ous nodes and also the route to JNPT. The road gained im­por­tance af­ter 1960 when the MIDC The Thane-Be­la­pur Road at Digha is now wider and bet­ter.

in­dus­trial belt was set up on its eastern side. Traf­fic on the road in­creased tremen­dously af­ter 1970 as the city of Navi Mum­bai started de­vel­op­ing.

Within a few years the road was in­ad­e­quate of the ris­ing num­ber of ve­hi­cles. The road owned by Cidco and MIDC was also in pa­thetic state. Mo­torists

had to spend over an hour to clear the 15 km stretch wast­ing time and money of the res­i­dents.

The NMMC in 2006, un­der the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s ASIDE scheme, de­cided to de­velop the road. The pro­ject in­volved widen­ing it to six lanes and con­cretis­ing the road and mak­ing it eas­ier for flow of traf­fic. Foot over­bridge and fly­overs too were planned on it.

While the road was com­pleted, work in around 180m sec­tion of the road in Digha area could not be taken up due to en­croach­ments. The is­sue re­mained pend­ing for eight years due to legal is­sues and lo­cal op­po­si­tion.

As a re­sult, de­spite the con­struc­tion of the ex­cel­lent road, there were reg­u­lar traf­fic snarls in Digha area due to the nar­row road there.

Fol­low­ing Mundhe’s or­der, the con­creti­sa­tion work was taken up. Dar­shan Singh, who plies by the road every day, said: “It was a night­mare pass­ing through the area all these years af­ter zoom­ing through the rest of the road. There were sev­eral ac­ci­dents in the area too.”

He added, “Sev­eral times I used the Airoli-Mulund route to avoid traf­fic here and save time. Of course, I had to pay toll for us­ing that route. I will now be able to save on both time and money.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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