Accidents, potholes and waterlogging plague Uran-Panvel Highway motorists Girl says ‘fiancé’ harrassed, molested her
DANGEROUS Monsoon has worsened the already-dilapidated condition of recently-declared National Highway
Motorists on the UranPanvel highway — which has recently been declared National Highway 348A— have complained of potholes that are more than two-feet wide, very deep and filled with water.
“This area resembles a pond. All the potholes and waterlogging is making it difficult for us to drive here. Our vehicles have been damaged. There is also a danger of accidents,” said Jagan Singh, a truck driver.
“Traffic snarls are a regular feature on the highway, especially during the peak hours. Motorists, passengers and residents are all affected,” said Girish Tandel, a local.
“The highway sees a large number of heavy vehicles heading towards the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) daily. The monsoon has made the already-bad conditions worse, and accidents may take place” he added. Commuters have complained about the increasing number of potholes on the Uran-Panvel highway.
The worst-affected areas are the toll naka near Jasai Shankar temple, Blue Star quarry and Gavan Phata. “We had been facing traffic
snarls at Jasai Naka and Gavhan Phata for a long time. It has become even more acute now. People going to Navi Mumbai and Panvel, students going to schools and even businessmen coming to JNPT all suffer,” said Naresh Patel, a motorist.
There are issues of waterlogging at several places.
“Water flows in from the hills along the highway. Faulty nullahs cause the water to accumulate on the road, which has damaged it even more,” said Satish Mhatre, a resident.
“Waterlogging occurs due to problems with the large nullah along the road,” said Prashant Fegde National Highway Authority of India, Panvel divisional director.
“We will inspect the road, remove the water and ensure there is no further waterlogging. The pothole problem will also be attended to,” he added.
A 17-year-old girl from Kalyan lodged a case against a man who she was engaged to, for demanding dowry and harassing her.
A case has been filed against Sharad Thakur, the groom, his father Rajendra, mother Surekha, sister Jayshree and his elder brother Rahul Thakur. The girl said the marriage was arranged in February. In April, Sharad called the girl to his house, where he allegedly molested her.
A police inspector from Khadakpada police station said, “The girl was told to get 5 tolas gold and a bike, otherwise the marriage would be called off.”
In June, Sharad’s family called off the marriage. The girl said she had given gold rings and a chain to Sharad’s family during her engagement, which he hasn’t returned. She saidhe harassed her and cheated her family.