Though MMRDA repaired the stretch between Kherwadi signal and Santacruz before construction of the flyover’s northbound arm commenced, motorists continue to battle snarls during evening peak hours because of illegally parked vehicles
Though the MMRDA repaired the northbound service road and opened a southbound lane of the Kherwadi junction flyover to avoid snarls, bumper-to-bumper jams on the service road continue to dog motorists during peak hours.
Illegally parked two-wheelers on the northbound service road between Kherwadi signal and Santacruz eat up space on the already narrow road, creating ugly traffic jams during peak hours
All thanks to illegal parking. The authorities had cleared the service road between Kherwadi signal and Santacruz before the construction of the northbound arm commenced, so that traffic heading north could be diverted on this road.
Traffic jams on the Western Express Highway during peak hours have become a common feature since construction of the northbound arm of the flyover commenced
‘Tow them away’
Speaking to mid-day, an MMRDA official said, “We repaired the service road so that vehicles can be diverted and there is less traffic on the highway. But illegal parking on the road by locals creates ugly traffic jams during evening hours.
We also plan to seek help from the traffic police department. We’ll request them in writing to tow away all the illegally parked vehicles.” When this correspondent visited the service road yesterday to take stock of the situation, he discovered that the passage was blocked with haphazardly parked two-wheelers.
One of the traffic police constables deployed in the area said, “Despite towing away illegally parked vehicles, locals refuse to mend their ways. We will continue taking action against offenders, but vehicle owners ought to understand that their uncivilised behaviour is causing unwanted knots in traffic.”