Potholes jam Sion-Panvel highway
Commuters say quick-fix repairs do not last and this leads to accidents on the busy road
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.