Af­ter 25-yr wait, ex­pan­sion work starts on roads in Ut­tan

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI / STATE - SURESH GOLANI

In what that did not hap­pen in more than 25 years, the BJP-led civic ad­min­is­tra­tion has fi­nally man­aged to em­bark on a road widen­ing drive in Ut­tan near Bhayan­dar.

Re­spond­ing pos­i­tively to Mira Bhayan­dar Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (MBMC) chiefDr.Naresh Gite's call, prop­erty own­ers in Ut­tan vil­lage vol­un­tar­ily be­gan raz­ing por­tions of thier prop­er­ties fall­ing in­side the road line on Mon­day. Ac­cord­ing to civic of­fi­cials, they had marked the por­tions within the road mar­gin line at Ut­tan naka, this tagged with a re­quest of vol­un­tary ac­tion to en­sure min­i­mum dam­age to struc­tures. With heavy ve­hic­u­lar move­ment com­pounded by reg­u­lar ply­ing of pub­lic trans­port buses, the Ut­tan naka is proned to bot­tle­neck traf­fic for the past more than two decades, pos­ing im­mense in­con­veience to mo­torists, pedestrains and bus com­muters. Sens­ing the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion, the res­i­dents and shop own­ers be­gan work to pull down the struc­tures. " It is good that cit­i­zens are vol­un­tar­ily pulling their struc­tures. On our part we would com­pen­sate the ef­fected with TDR, al­beit they should be el­i­gi­ble for the claims with all own­er­ship doc­u­ments in place." said Dr. Gite.

It should be noted that the MBMC is plan­ning to widen the Ut­tan junc­tion to 9 me­ters for bet­ter traf­fic flow in the highly con­gested area. "As per our prom­ise, we are com­mit­ted to pro­vide bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties to the peo­ple of the re­gion and Ut­tan is one of our pri­or­i­ties." said leg­is­la­tor-Naren­dra Me­hta.

The civic body has also chalked out an elab­o­rate roadmap to widen the road from Ne­taji Subashchan­dra Bose Mu­nic­i­pal Sta­dium to Ut­tan.

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