MNS gives civic body Oc­to­ber dead­line to start road work

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

DOMBIVLI: Bad roads and pot­holes in Dombivli have led to of wors­en­ing of traf­fic in the area.

The MNS unit of the city has asked Kalyan Dombivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion to start road con­creti­sa­tion work by Oc­to­ber 1, fail­ing which, they might stage a protest. Around 225 peo­ple, in­clud­ing traders from Dombivli sta­tion, have sub­mit­ted a let­ter to KDMC de­mand­ing com­ple­tion of road work soon.

Since the be­gin­ning of the mon­soon, bad roads have pre­vailed over the city and de­spite road patch­ing and pot­hole fill­ing work, com­muters are yet to get any respite from bad roads.

A month ago, KDMC had con­cre­tised the road be­tween Shivaji Chowk and Ma­hatma Phule Road in Kalyan, but have ig­nored the con­creti­sa­tion of Kelkar road and Din­dayal Road near Dombivli sta­tion which is af­fect­ing busi­ness of traders and lead­ing to traf­fic snarls.

“The cor­po­ra­tion al­ways uses the mon­soon as an ex­cuse for bad roads. The civic of­fi­cials do not have any con­trol over the con- trac­tors who are do­ing a shoddy work,” said Manoj Gharat, MNS pres­i­dent, Dombivli unit.

The stretch of Kelkar road, which houses 27 res­i­den­tial buildings, is yet to be con­cre­tised. “Kelkar road was 14-15 me­tres wide. It has been widened to 18 me­tres. Dur­ing the widen­ing process, the stairs and pil­lars of many buildings have been razed. This will af­fect the sta­bil­ity of the build­ing,” said Ma­hesh Kadam 32, a Kelkar Road res­i­dent.

“We have done fresh sur­vey of the area to start work,” said Pramod Kulka­rni, city en­gi­neer, ex­plain­ing the rea­son be­hind the de­lay.

“En­croach­ment on Kelkar Road and Din­dayal also has to be taken care of. We have de­cided to carry out work in phases and patches. We hope to com­plete work by De­cem­ber,” he added.

Con­creti­sa­tion and road widen­ing of Kelkar Road and Din­dayal Road has missed three dead­lines. “The KDMC is not aware of wa­ter and elec­tric­ity pipe­lines which de­lays the work. It’s high time that such prob­lems are taken care of,” said Yo­gesh Wani, 35 a res­i­dent of Dombivli East.

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