No respite from pock-marked roads

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ■ ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

KOPAR KHAIRANE: It’s been a month since it stopped rain­ing, but the abun­dance of pot­holes on the city’s roads seems to sug­gest that the mon­soon is back with a vengeance. With the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) tak­ing its own sweet time to start re­pair work, the tem­po­rary patch­work, done dur­ing the mon­soon sea­son, has de­te­ri­o­rated, ex­pos­ing ever more pot­holes on sev­eral roads.

The sit­u­a­tion is es­pe­cially se­vere in Kopar Khairane and sev­eral roads, in­clud­ing R F Naik- Sanjog ho­tel road and those in sec­tors three, five, six, eight, nine, 10, 19 and 20.

“The re­pair work could not be taken up as Ma­hana­gar gas and some pri­vate tele­com com­pa­nies’ work for lay­ing pipes is yet to start,” said an of­fi­cial f rom NMMC’s engineerin­g depart­ment, adding, “The civil work will be taken up soon af­ter the de­ci­sion on Ma­hana­gar and tele­com com­pa­nies’ pipe­line in­stal­la­tion is made.”

The civic of­fi­cials have not yet f i xed t he date for road re­pair work which has caused re­sent­ment among lo­cal res­i­dents who are fed up with the abysmal state of roads.

“Work should have started by now. I will look into the is­sue with the con­cer ned depart­ment and en­sure t hat t he work be­gins at the ear­li­est,” said Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Abasa­heb Jarhad.

“We were hop­ing for some respite af­ter the mon­soon, but the roads are still bad. I won­der how lethar­gic the au­thor­i­ties can get,” said Kailash Shinde, a Kopar Khairane res­i­dent.

There are re­ports that pot­holes have been resur­fac­ing in other nodes such as Nerul as well.

The NMMC ad­min­is­tra­tion had spot­ted 265 pot­holes dur­ing rains. Road dig­ging car­ried out by the civic body for lay­ing sew-

OF­FI­CIALS HAVE NOT YET FIXED A DATE FOR ROAD RE­PAIR WORK, CAUS­ING RE­SENT­MENT AMONG LO­CALS WHO ARE FED UP WITH THE ABYSMAL STATE OF ROADS

age and wa­ter pipes has also led to a rise in the num­ber of pot­holes.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Roads that have been dug up by the civic body for lay­ing sewage and wa­ter pipes have led to a rise in the num­ber of pot­holes in Kopar Khairane.

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