Slow pace of Metro work adds to Kharghar residents’ problems
CHAOS ON ROAD Thursday’s fatal accident at site highlights lack of proper management of project
The residents of Kharghar have been facing huge problems due to the slow pace of Metro work.
There have been several fatal accidents, traffic issues have increased and illegal businesses are on the rise, all caused by the snail’s pace with which the project is progressing and by the lack of proper management.
A 27-year-old biker was killed on Thursday after he crashed into a parked crane near Papdi village along the Metro route. The incident has raised concerns about the citizens’ safety within the project area.
A police officer said, “As the area was dark, the biker probably could not see the crane that was parked right in the middle of the road. He rode straight into it and died on the spot.”
The work on the 11.10-km long Metro rail project between Belapur and Pendhar has been progressing at a snail’s pace. The work began in 2011 and Cidco had said it would be completed by 2015. After missing its deadline, there are doubts if the project will be completed even by 2017.
The new managing director of Cidco Bhushan Gagrani had, after taking over taken stock of pending projects, given instructions for speeding up the project.
Kharghar resident Beena Singh said, “At several places there are no signboards announcing that work is being carried out. Motorists, especially those who are new in the area, are often taken by surprise.”
She added, “Along with the metro rail project, work on concretisation of the roads running along with it is also underway. This is leading to traffic snarls in various areas. Roads are shut without notice with motorists often having little information about it beforehand.”
Another resident Kishore Gaikwad said, “Kharghar is developing fast and is a part of Cidco’s South Navi Mumbai smart city project. But, the traffic issues are a blot to the plan.”
He said, “There is a need for parking lots in the node. Due to lack of such facility, there are regular traffic snarls in sector 15 at D Mart, sector 7 area near Hiranandani complex.”
Residents of the area said that illegal businesses have cropped up by taking advantage of the Metro work. “People take advantage of the pillars and start businesses like a garage that have come up in sector 24 of Kharghar,” said Jagdish Mhatre, another resident.
Mhatre said motorists have a difficult finding space to park. “Since last week, the Kharghar traffic police have been taking strict action against vehicles parked illegally.”
A Cidco official said precautions are being taken and issues raised by Kharghar residents are being addressed.