Unruly traffic in Uran making area unsafe for citizens
RECKLESS MNS threatens to protest; JNPT tells them to defer agitation, holds Cidco responsible
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.