Protest against bad roads holds up traf­fic

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Pad­mja Sinha

KALYAN: Traf­fic was brought to a stand­still at 11am on Fri­day at Sah­janand Chowk when the Congress youth wing, Kalyan held a rasta roko to protest against the poor con­di­tion of roads.

About 300 peo­ple joined the protest against pot­holes and craters, lead­ing to a traf­fic jam from Kalyan sta­tion to Sah­janand Chowk. Many of­fice-go­ers were af­fected. “Pot­holes have been plagu­ing Kalyan since the past three months. Nei­ther the com­mis­sioner nor the city mayor both­ered to take stock of the sit­u­a­tion. Hence, we have been forced to protest,” said Brij Dutt spokesper­son, Congress youth wing, Kalyan.

Res­i­dents said pot­holes had sur­faced on sev­eral im­por­tant city roads such as Sub­hash Chowk, Bail Bazar, Khadak­pada Road, Shivaji Road and the road lead­ing to Anu­pam Na­gar, slow­ing down traf­fic and lead­ing to ac­ci­dents. They added that de­spite sev­eral re­quests, their prob­lems have not been solved.

“We will un­der­take the con­creti­sa­tion of most roads as ce­ment roads last longer than coal and tar roads. The con­cre­tised roads will last for at least 30 years. Even 20 years is good enough for us. The road re­pairs have started. Pot­holes are also be­ing taken care of,” said E Ravendi­ran, Kalyan Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) civic chief.

“I left for work at 10.30am but it took more than an hour to reach Kalyan sta­tion. I usu­ally reach within half an hour but it was dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate the roads as more than 200 peo­ple were protest­ing,” said Ram Kadam, 39, a res­i­dent of Sud­hansu Ki­ran So­ci­ety.

“The pot­holes have made com­mut­ing dif­fi­cult. How­ever, a protest is not the right course of ac­tion as it leads to un­nec­es­sary de­lays. I don’t sup­port it. Civic of­fi­cials should look at re-patch­ing and re­pair­ing the roads,” said Am­rita Joshi, 27, a res­i­dent of Be­turkar Pada who trav­els from Kalyan to Vidyav­i­har daily.

“I missed my meet­ing be­cause of the protest. I reached my of­fice after a de­lay of more than an hour. I was held up in traf­fic be­cause of the protest,” said Rahul Sri­vas­tava, 28, an Ad­har­wadi res­i­dent.

Re­cently, the KDMC has started fill­ing the pot­holes dur­ing dry spells. How­ever, they have resur­faced within 15 days ow­ing to the cor­po­ra­tion’s shoddy work.

“The in­ter­nal roads in the city and the one at Bail bazar are in bad shape and need ur­gent re­pairs. We are also tak­ing into ac­count the roads of vil­lages that have re­cently been added to the KDMC as they are non­mo­torable and pot­holes have sur­faced on them. We have been wait­ing for a dry spell since the past three days. We have at­tended to pot­holes in many ar­eas and will take care of all the pot­holes be­fore Ganeshot­sav,” said, Pramod Kulka­rni City En­gi­neer KDMC.

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