Motorists and pedestrians passing below the under-construction Metro rail stations on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) can see much clearer now, after the authorities finally installed halogen lights at many of these points to light up the way.
MiD DAY had informed the authorities of the absence of lights at these spots possibility leading to accidents during the nighttime, resulting in the Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) finally doing the needful.
Apart from installing lights, safety nets have also been strung up at many such points to catch falling debris or building material.
In July, MiD DAY had published an article (‘No lights + wet roads = recipe for disaster’), in which it was brought to the fore that the four arterial roads in Mumbai did not have street lights at many places, because of which there were chances of accidents during the night.
Soon after the article was published, a senior MMRDA official took serious note of the situation and instructed the Chief Of Transport and Communication of MMRDA to inform MMOPL to have the lights installed at the earliest. A drive along the corridor revealed that streetlights were lacking at points where station construction was going on and though tube lights were installed at some spots, the light emitted was insufficient.
MiD DAY once again raised the issue this month (‘MMOPL’s dim view of lights under metro irks MMRDA’).
The planning authority then decided to write to the MMOPL officials asking them to install lights at the earliest on the poorly lit road that passes along the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro corridor.
After the recent accident that took place at the Metro site in Andheri, the issue was once again raised by MMRDA in the board meeting of the MMOPL a few days ago.
Speaking to MiD DAY, MMRDA Joint Project Director Dilip Kawatkar said, “We had clearly instructed MMOPL to see to it that lights were installed under the stations at the earliest. We are very happy that MMOPL has installed lights under almost all the stations so that motorist and pedestrians don’t face problems during the night.”
It should be noted that around 10 to 12 halogen lights have now been installed under each of the stations along with safety nets. With Ganeshotsav celebrations starting today, the MMOPL has also cleared debris from several places on the route to ensure that the revelry is not affected.