Blame game over pot­holes

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Mo­torists on the Kalam­boli iron and steel mar­ket have been com­plain­ing of pot­hole-rid­den roads. Traders said the mar­ket’s in­te­rior roads have never been re­paired by either the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) nor the mar­ket com­mit­tee.

Murlid­har Gu­rav, pres­i­dent of the lo­cal unit of Vah­tul Sena, a trans­port union, de­manded the author­i­ties to at least take tem­po­rary mea­sures to solve the prob­lem. In 1980, Cidco leased plots in the Kalam­boli mar­ket to the iron and steel traders. “It did not pro­vide the in­fra­struc­ture it promised,” he said.

“It was Cidco’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­struct the main roads. It has tried to shift the re­spon­si­bil­ity to the mar­ket com­mit­tee, which in turn, blames Cidco,” said Har­ish Patil, a trader.

“The mar­ket does not have a Pot­hole-rid­den roads at Kalam­boli’s iron and steel mar­ket are giv­ing mo­torists a tough ride.

proper drainage sys­tem, which leads to heavy wa­ter­log­ging dur­ing mon­soon,” he added.

“The mar­ket has one ser­vice road which is 20-m wide and 7-km long, and an­other which is 15-m wide and 15-km long. The two see heavy traf­fic ev­ery day but they have nei­ther been as­phalted nor con­cre­tised,” said Gu­rav.

Cidco has con­cre­tised around

6 km around the mar­ket’s pe­riph­ery. “We sub­mit­ted a mem­o­ran­dum to mar­ket com­mit­tee of­fi­cials. They told us that ten­ders have been called but we have not seen any re­sults,” he said.

“We made ar­range­ments to re­move wa­ter. We plan to con­cre­tise five in­ter­nal roads,” said mar­ket com­mit­tee chair­man Gu­la­brao Jag­tap.

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