A stormwater drain near the Gamadia Lane junction on Peddar Road collapsed on Wednesday night resulting in a traffic jam that lasted through the day. The traffic police have cordoned off the area and the drain is being repaired.
One metre of the 3×2-metre-high stormwater drain collapsed on Wednesday night. This caused the road above to cave in, said Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Environment and Stormwater Drains) L S Vhatkar. The traffic police diverted south-bound traffic as repair works continued through the day. Motorists have been advised to avoid Peddar Road until Friday evening.
Motorists heading to the southern part of the city were asked to use alternative roads such as Ambedkar Road and Senapati Bapat Marg. Those who used the sea link were diverted when they got down from it. We also sent SMSes to citizens asking them not to use Peddar Road because of the cave-in, said Vivek Phansalkar,Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic). Those who are heading south should use another road, he said.
In the past,soil corrosion and continuous seepage from the 240-metre-long century-old stormwater drain below the Peddar Road had caused numerous road cave-ins on the congested stretch. Civic officials had warned that the road is fragile since the utilities and the sewer are century-old and in urgent need of replacement.
A proposal for its replacement was mooted by the BMC in 2009 but was stalled on account of the impending Peddar Road flyover work by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd. The BMC has put forward its remarks on the replacement to the MSRDC. When they begin the work,the centre-aligned drain will be moved to the side, said Vhatkar.