Marathon route in Thane rid­dled with pot­holes

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Mon­soon usu­ally mark an in­crease in the num­ber of pot­holes in the city but even with the rains re­ced­ing, there seems no re­spite from the pock­marked roads.

With the 27th Thane Mayor Var­sha Marathon just a day away and the Gan­pati fes­ti­val be­ing just a few days away, the res­i­dents have lit­tle faith on the author­i­ties fix­ing the roads be­fore the fes­tiv­i­ties kick in.

The num­ber of pot­holes in the city has in­creased over the rainy sea­son and now the ath­letes par­tic­i­pat­ing in the marathon will have to face a bumpy stretch as the Eastern Ex­press Ser­vice road near the Nitin Com­pany and Ma­trathon Chowk where the marathon will be con­ducted is rid­dled with pot­holes.

A month ago, the cor­po­ra­tion had recorded 1,374 pot­holes across a stretch of 3,660 square feet. But now, the fig­ures stand at 2,422 pot­holes found across 5,883 square me­tres. Ac­cord­ing to the cor­po­ra­tion, they have filled 2,282 pot­holes and need to fix only the 140 re­main­ing pot­holes.

Thane mayor San­jay More had taken a round of the marathon route early this week to in­spect the con­di­tion of the road. “I had noted some pot­holes on the marathon route. I have di­rected the civic of­fi­cials to fill them be­fore Sun­day.”

Speak­ing about the ac­tion to be taken by the of­fi­cials, Ratan Awsar­mol, city en­gi­neer of TMC said, “We will in­spect the en­tire Ac­cord­ing to the cor­po­ra­tion, they have filled 2,282 pot­holes and need to fix only the 140 re­main­ing pot­holes marathon route on Satur­day and all the pot­holes there will be fixed. The roads will be lev­elled and the de­bris along the side of the roads will be re­moved. The ath­letes will have a smooth run.”

De­spite the avail­abil­ity of three jet patch­ers, the cor­po­ra­tion is also seen fill­ing the pot­holes man­u­ally. Awsar­mol said that pot­holes on a busy street are filled man­u­ally as us­ing the jet patch ma­chine would lead to traf­fic jam. Pot­holes on roads and streets with less traf­fic pres­sure are the ones that are filled us­ing the jet patch ma­chines, he added.

Com­ment­ing on this, the par­tic­i­pants of the marathon claimed that pot­holes have be­come in­te­gral part of the Thane marathon.

Bijay Nair, 40, a res­i­dent of Mu­lund, who has par­tic­i­pated in the Thane marathon thrice and will also be run­ning this time said, “Pot­holes are a huge spoiler in the marathon. Even a small in­jury can keep you away from the track for more than two years. If you are an ath­lete, an in­jury can make your ca­reer go for a toss.” He also added that there were fewer pot­holes last year on the run­ning track than the pre­vi­ous years. “How­ever, there is still lot of scope for im­prove­ment to en­sure the safety of ath­letes in this marathon,” Nair said.

The civic body was given of Rs2.5 crore to en­sure a pot­hole­free mon­soon. The jet patch ma­chines were also pur­chased as it can quickly fill up pot­holes.

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