The Andheri-Kurla road, an arterial road that provides connectivity to both east and west in the western suburbs, is full of huge craters that slow down traffic during peak hours and lead to chaos every day.
The stretch of about 1 km from Andheri East railway station to the Western Express Highway is in a terrible state, with craters dotting the road. Large potholes can also be seen on major junctions such as Chakala, Marol Naka, Saki Naka on this road. Utility and manhole covers make driving on this stretch more dangerous.
The condition of the 3.5-km road appears to have worsened because of a quickfix approach. Despite the fact that this is a concrete road, BMC has filled the craters with paver blocks on large patches. If the paver blocks move or go down, the BMC applies tar to fix it.
Some of the tar can be seen lying on the road. “The tar has been lying here for more than two months. It was brought to repair potholes before the Ganesh festival. But the craters have not been filled for past two months. At least two persons fall every day due to the tar dumped on the road. It may claim a life any day,” said Mahesh Goswami, who runs a shop in the locality.
The road constructed by the MMRDA was handed over to the BMC in 2015. “The stretch has been in a mess for years with issues such as traffic jams, waterlogging, footpaths encroached by hawkers. The road was damaged when the Metro Rail work started in 2007, but was repaired in patches. Recently, my car got stuck in one of the craters,” said James John, an activist.
Local Shiv Sena corporator Manisha Panchal said work to fill the potholes would start in the next few days. “Since the MMRDA damaged the underground utilities, paver blocks were put up to identify and repair them. That is why it is causing a huge problem for motorists and residents. I have received several complaints about craters and will visit the road tomorrow. Also, the road re-laying and improvement work will begin in the next two months,” he said.