Un­ruly traf­fic in Uran mak­ing area un­safe for ci­ti­zens

RECK­LESS MNS threat­ens to protest; JNPT tells them to de­fer ag­i­ta­tion, holds Cidco re­spon­si­ble

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected] hin­dus­tan­times. com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: The trail­ers and tankers that are of­ten seen in Uran area pose a risk to mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans in the area be­cause of reck­less driv­ing and the hap­haz­ard man­ner in which they are parked.

While the lack of in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties is putting sev­eral lives to risk ev­ery day, con­cerned au­thor­i­ties claimed that they were do­ing their best to make the area safer.

The ris­ing num­ber of ac­ci­dents in the area has prompted the Raigad unit of Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Sena ( MNS) to threaten to protest at Karal Phata on April 24 if au­thor­i­ties in­clud­ing Jawa­har­lal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) fail to take curb the prob­lem in Uran, JNPT and Dron­giri.

Pres­i­dent of the Raigad unit of MNS, Atul Bha­gat, said that more and more pedes­tri­ans would be vic­tims of road ac­ci­dents while cross­ing roads if prompt ac­tion was not taken.

How­ever, JNPT of­fi­cials have writ­ten to Bha­gat ask­ing him to de­fer the ag­i­ta­tion and have in­stead held Cidco re­spon­si­ble for the mess. JNPT of­fi­cials said that it was the lack of park­ing spa­ces by Cidco in Uran, JNPT and Dron­giri nodes.

Fur­ther, the let­ter also stated that JNPT had not is­sued noob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cates for empty con­tain­ers to be parked on the roads out­side the port and that around 65 hectares plot is re­served for park­ing on the JNPT premises it­self.

In turn, it blamed the RTO for a fail­ure in han­dling ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic prob­lem.

The let­ter from JNPT clar­i­fied its po­si­tion and said, “JNPT has con­structed an eight-lane road 25 years ago. Tak­ing into ac­count the traf­fic growth at the JNPT port and ad­join­ing ar­eas, JNPT along with Na­tional High­way Au­thor­i­ties and Cidco had also widened Na­tional High­way 4B into four lanes.”

JNPT has also sent a pro­posal for wi­den­ing of both fourlane high­ways into eight-lane ones to the plan­ning com­mis­sion for ap­proval. The pro­posal also sug­gests build­ing a new bridge, par­al­lel to the ex­ist­ing bridge at Karal.

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