Local Lens: Pothole troubles

In Mulund's corporator ward no 98 and 99,work on filling of potholes started only on Monday,even as the city received its first heavy showers on June 9

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 27, 2013 1:43 am

In Mulund’s corporator ward no 98 and 99,work on filling of potholes started only on Monday,even as the city received its first heavy showers on June 9,leaving the Guru Gobind Singh Marg and the MG Road — both major roads — heavily pockmarked with potholes,causing inconvenience to both motorists and pedestrians.

Local residents complained that the junction of the M G Road and the Ganesh Gawde Road are especially problematic.

“Both these spots witness heavy traffic throughout the day and the potholes create regular traffic jams. At the MG Road-Ganesh Gawde junction,traffic comes in from several directions and the snarls are quite troublesome,” said Mulund resident Sunil Gangwani.

Corporators accepted that the two roads were in a bad condition and said the repair work,which was supposed to have started immediately after the potholes surfaced,got delayed.

“Pothole contractors reached my office only three days back. Then there was some issue with them getting a copy of the work order which further delayed things. I have been raising the issue in every meeting for a long time now,” said Corporator Bhavna Jobanputra,Ward 99.

Corporator Smita Kamble,Ward 98,complained of the same problem in her area. “I am aware of the problem caused near the Vasant Garden area and work on the road should begin soon. I believe it was stuck due to some tendering issues. However,my ward is a hilly area so whatever water accumulates tends to flow away quickly. Hence,the problem is not that severe.”

Blocked drains

Inadequate de-silting by civic body is commonly cited for poor state of city drains. However,at Ramabai Nagar in N ward’s Ghatkopar area,constant mushrooming of illegal hutments along the drains is resulting in severe water logging in low lying areas.

Flooding in low lying areas such as Pant Nagar,Ramabai Nagar and Kamraj Nagar is reported every year. “Ten to fifteen new huts are hurriedly constructed at night in Priyadarshini Nagar. There is a racket going on as these huts are not made by needy persons but by local gangs who then sell these huts for anywhere between Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 1 lakh each,” said,municipal councillor Rakhi Jadhav from N ward.

According to Jadhav,the side walls of the drains are broken and mud is dumped to create land. Huts are made on the additional land created in this manner. This,she says,blocks the drains. “While de-silting is done in the drains,such rampant construction is blocking the flow of water,” added Jadhav. Not only flooding,illegal water connection and contamination of drinking water is also reported in Priyadarshini Nagar at Ramabai Nagar. Ramabai Nagar has 3,000-4,000 huts,many of which have been constructed prior to 2000,said the councillor. “Every fortnight at least one case of water contamination is being reported in the area,” she said.

Filthy FOB

The residents of Goregaon east are forced to cross the accident prone stretch on the Western Express Highway near the Kohinoor Industrial Estate even as money was pumped in to constructing a foot over bridge (FOB) over the road a few years back. The reason — the narrow bridge is littered with filth with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation having left it out of its daily garbage collection activity. Residents have no option but to cross this arterial road — which sees heavy and quick moving traffic — to get to the other side. The FOB was constructed by the BMC after repeated pleas of corporators in the area following a spate of accidents on this stretch claiming a number of lives. It is a classic case of public money going down the drain due to lack of upkeep and maintenance.

“The FOB has never been cleaned. It is only when it rains heavily that the water sweeps the garbage off the FOB. I have stopped using the FOB due to the filth and foul stench. It is impossible to even set foot on it,” said Shantiprakash Nawalgaria,office bearer of the Kohinoor industrial estate.

When contacted the Ward authorities said they would look into the issue and solve the matter of cleaning the FOB and make sure that the residents can use it again.

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