Rain brings pot­holes, wa­ter­log­ging

Uran Phata near Nerul, Kharghar toll naka com­pletely sub­merged in rain wa­ter, mak­ing life dif­fi­cult for mo­torists

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

In­ces­sant rains for the past few days in Navi Mum­bai and Pan­vel have hit the city hard with wa­ter­log­ging and pot­holes be­ing re­ported from all over the city, sub­ways get­ting filled with wa­ter and traf­fic snarls.

The rains since Satur­day have been heavy, send­ing trans­port ser­vices out of gear and the sit­u­a­tion wors­en­ing with NMMT and BEST buses break­ing down on the road.

Heavy rush can be seen at the bus stops and rail­way sta­tions due the de­layed ser­vice, es­pe­cially dur­ing the morn­ing and evening peak hours.

The high­ways too have been peren­ni­ally blocked with SionPan­vel high­way be­ing the worst. While there are pot­holes

Yo­gesh Patil, a res­i­dent of Pan­vel, said: “Pot­holes have resur­faced on Sion-Pan­vel high­way. Some ar­eas of the stretch at Uran Phata near Nerul, Kharghar Toll Naka and be­tween Kalam­boli and Kamothe are com­pletely sub­merged in rain wa­ter, mak­ing life dif­fi­cult for the mo­torists. There is also wa­ter­log­ging un­der the Pan­vel fly­over.”

Even Palm Beach Road, es­pe­cially be­fore Mo­raj cir­cle traf­fic sig­nal, is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing heavy traf­fic jams.

Sanjeev Gupta, a Vashi res­i­dent, said: “Since there are umpteen pot­holes on SionPan­vel high­way, most mo­torists pre­fer driv­ing on Palm Beach Road. This re­sults in traf­fic snarls on the road which ex­tends up to Vashi.”

The sit­u­a­tion is sim­i­lar on Thane-Belapur Road as well, where too traf­fic has been mov­ing at a snail’s pace due to con­struc­tion work and also pot­holes in some ar­eas.

Pot­holes have sprung up on sev­eral in­ter­nal roads of the city es­pe­cially in Ghan­soli, Digha and Airoli ar­eas.

Di­nanath Mha­tre, a res­i­dent of Goth­ivli, said: “At times, it be­comes dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand if there are pot­holes in roads or there is a road in the pot­holes. The en­tire area is full of pot­holes.”

The Cidco con­structed six sub­ways along the trans-har­bour route at Airoli, Ra­bale, Ghan­soli, Kopar Khairane, Turbhe and San­pada con­tinue to be wa­ter­logged.

Pedes­tri­ans as well as mo­torists face ma­jor hard­ships due wa­ter­log­ging in the sub­ways with the of­fi­cials seem­ing un­able to set things right.

The wa­ter pumps in­stalled seem in­ef­fec­tive to han­dle the surge of wa­ter. A road at Uran Phata in Nerul is flooded af­ter Fri­day’s down­pour. Chil­dren trudge to school at Vashi on Fri­day as it rained in­ces­santly.

Stand­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Shivram Patil has de­manded that the NMMC ad­min­is­tra­tion re-ne­go­ti­ate the terms of agree­ment with For­tis-Hi­ranan­dani hos­pi­tal on the num­ber of pa­tients that the civic body can re­fer to the hos­pi­tal for free treat­ment.

Speak­ing in the stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing ear­lier this week, dur­ing dis­cus­son of health depart­ment func­tion­ing of the civic body, Patil said, “The agree­ment on the quan­tum of pa­tients that NMMC can re­fer to For­tisHi­ranan­dani un­der the Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship scheme ended in April. It is im­per­a­tive that the ad­min­is­tra­tion rene­go­ti­ate the terms and en­sure higher num­ber of pa­tients ben­e­fit from the ar­range­ment.”

Patil said, “The pre­vi­ous health depart­ment of­fi­cial had en­tered into long-term lease agree­ment with the hos­pi­tal in col­lu­sion with his po­lit­i­cal bosses, which ul­ti­mately harmed the civic body and was against the in­ter­est of the cit­i­zens.”

He added, “The terms ne­go­ti­ated again for the pa­tients un­der a six-year agree­ment, too does not serve the pur­pose. It has been in force for one year and needs to be rene­go­ti­ated. “

“Ear­lier, it was not ne­go­ti­a­tion by ad­just­ments and bar­gain­ing sans tak­ing the ground re­al­i­ties into con­sid­er­a­tion.”

The stand­ing com­mit­tee chair­man said, “For a pop­u­la­tion that is close to 15 lakh in the city, only 800 pa­tients can be re­ferred at present to the hos­pi­tal. It is such a minis­cule num­ber and de­nies su­per spe­cial­ity health ser­vice to a large sec­tion of needy pa­tients.”

Patil said, “I have asked the ad­min­is­tra­tion to form a spe­cial com­mit­tee of ex­perts to work on a new pro­posal and present it to the gen­eral body of NMMC for ap­proval. We have to en­sure that a max­i­mum num­ber of res­i­dents ben­e­fit from the scheme.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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