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

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

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.

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