Potholes jam Sion-Pan­vel high­way

Com­muters say quick-fix re­pairs do not last and this leads to ac­ci­dents on the busy road

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

Rains in the city have for the sec­ond year run­ning ex­posed the qual­ity of work on the Rs1200-crore Sion-Pan­vel high­way.

The road that has re­peat­edly been re­paired since June last year keeps de­vel­op­ing potholes after ev­ery shower.

The high­way has now be­come a scene of reg­u­lar traf­fic snarls and even ac­ci­dents. Thurs­day was no dif­fer­ent with mo­torists hav­ing a har­row­ing time in sev­eral areas of the stretch.

Mo­hammed Parvez Shaikh, a res­i­dent of Kharghar, had to bear the brunt of the pa­thetic road on Mon­day night.

Shaikh said, “I was rid­ing my bike at around 50 km/h and sud­denly ended up in one of the potholes near Vashigaon, as there was no proper light­ing in the area.”

He added, “I now have a crack on my shoul­der. I had to can­cel my trav­el­ling plans abroad. Thank­fully, I am alive as the ve­hi­cles be­hind me stopped in time.”

The Sion-Pan­vel road-widen­ing pro­ject in­volved con­struct­ing 5 lanes on each side of the road.

The road also has fly­overs at San­pada, Nerul, Uran Phata, Kamothe and Kharghar.

The first rains brought potholes on the roads and fly­overs with sev­eral ac­ci­dents and misses be­ing re­ported. The re­pair work was un­der­taken, but once again the potholes are back.

Samod Sarngam, a reg­u­lar on the high­way, said: “We thought that driv­ing on the stretch was go­ing to be a plea­sure and dif­fer­ent to what we have had to go through over the years and better than last year. How­ever, the potholes keep com­ing up at sev­eral places and one has to be very care­ful.”

The worst af­fected is the Turbhe to Nerul Uran Phata stretch where traf­fic vir­tu­ally Ve­hi­cles line up at Turbhe on Thurs­day. The Sion-Pan­vel high­way is filled with potholes after the rain.

comes to a stand­still. The same is the case at Vashi gaon, Kamothe, San­pada, Nerul and Kharghar fly­overs and roads. Mo­torists driv­ing on the en­tire stretch of road from Vashi toll naka to Kalam­boli cir­cle en­counter sev­eral potholes on the way.

Thurs­day wit­nessed huge traf­fic snarls in the Turbhe junc­tion area and ahead once again.

In­braj Pan­dian, a San­pada res­i­dent, was stuck in the traf­fic jam at Turbhe.

“The fact that the road got filled with potholes after the very first rains shows the qual­ity of work that has been done. Fur­ther, the re­pair work too has been shabby and hence ev­ery time it rains after the potholes

are filled, the craters are back,” he said.

Pan­dian said, “Even now, one can see the patch­work at sev­eral places is com­ing off and another bout of rains and it will be back to square one.”

The Sion Pan­vel Toll­ways Pri­vate Lim­ited (SPTL) has been given the con­tract to col­lect toll to re­cover the cost of the high­way.

How­ever, lit­tle at­ten­tion is be­ing given to the re­pair and main­te­nance of the road al­lege reg­u­lar mo­torists.

Su­raj Bha­gat, a biker, said: “It gets very risky on the high­way es­pe­cially in the night. One has to be ex­tremely care­ful as even a small loss of bal­ance can be fa­tal as ve­hi­cles are speed­ing on the busy high­way al­ways.

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