Even as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) claims to have finished more than 80 per cent of the pre-monsoon repair work on roads under its jurisdiction, a team of engineers from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to inspect these roads in a week’s time to check if the planning body has reinforced them well.
According to MMRDA Joint Project Director Dilip Kawathkar, “The pre-monsoon repair work of roads under our jurisdiction is in progress. We have already completed 80 per cent of the work and expect to finish the remaining by the end of this week.” Sources from MMRDA told this newspaper that BMC officers would visit the roads under MMRDA’s jurisdiction in a week’s time. “The engineers from BMC will be visiting the roads which we are maintaining to check if we have repaired them or not.”
It should be noted that JP Road in Andheri (W) and Andheri Ghatkoar Link Road (AGLR) are at present maintained by MMRDA, as the 11.07-km-long Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) Metro rail corridor passes over these roads. However, at many places the two roads are in a pathetic condition. RC Marg in Chembur is also the metropolitan body’s responsibility, and needs fortifications.
Andheri resident Sujit Sonkar said, “For the last three monsoons, JP Road is being maintained by MMRDA but its condition has only gone from bad to worse. At Four Bungalows and at the Indian Oil Nagar junction, waterlogging during heavy rains is a given. The eastbound stretch of JP Road from this junction is so uneven that at times bikers skid. Monsoon has already arrived but the MMRDA has not fixed the road.”
MiD DAY had earlier reported (‘MMRDA agrees to fix its roads for the monsoons’, May 11) that the MMRDA had said it would repair the road before May 31. At the time, the corporator from the area, along with MMRDA and BMC ward officials, had visited it.
Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road connects Andheri station with the eastern suburb of Ghatkopar. The 5-6-km stretch sees heavy traffic during peak hours. Vehicles approaching Ghatkopar from areas like Andheri station, Santacruz, Vile Parle, Jogeshwari and Oshiwara have to use this road. The road is uneven at various stretches.
An arterial road that connects Seven Bungalows with Andheri station, the 4-5-km-long stretch is used by motorists and commuters approaching the station from areas like Versova, Lokhandwala, Adarsh Nagar and Millat Nagar. During the construction of the VAG Metro corridor, the road was closed off to vehicular traffic for some days.
Several stretches on the road experience jams in peak hours due to undulations and potholes. Vehicles near Indian Oil Nagar junction suffer delays owing to congestion. The stretch extending from Navrang Cinema to SV Road junction also witnesses frequent snarls. Ever since work started on this stretch, it takes motorists more than 45 minutes to reach Andheri station from Versova, whereas earlier it would take not more than 20 minutes.
RC Marg, Chembur
The 3-4-km-long stretch is used by motorists headed to Chembur station. It was dug up to erect pillars for monorail construction on the stretch between Wadala and Chembur. The work has been completed but has left the patch in a mess, causing snarls during peak hours. PIC/ABHINAV KOCHAREKAR