There are bad roads and then there are Mumbai roads that have earned the distinction of causing bones to break and dislocate, in addition to being backbreaking. And who better than 36-year-old Shamim Khan, a resident of Antop Hill, to explain the perils of riding on a cratered road.
In the wee hours of Sunday morning, Khan was on his way home from Mohammed Ali road with his wife and daughter on his bike when the bike went into a pothole and the three fell down and Khan dislocated his right shoulder. Fortunately, his wife Seher only sustained minor bruises while his seven-year-old daughter Anjum escaped unhurt.
Recounting the horror, Khan said that his wife and daughter had gone to Mohammed Ali road for shopping in anticipation for the festival of Eid. She missed her train and called up Khan to pick her up.
“I was heading home to Antop Hill and was in the lane that goes from Shaikh Misri Dargah to Sangum Nagar. My bike went over a pothole and the three of us fell down from the bike. As soon as we fell down, I experienced a sharp pain in my right shoulder and couldn’t even move it. I didn’t rush to the hospital immediately and went home and took a painkiller and took a nap.”
He added that the pain hadn’t subsided even later and in the afternoon he went to KEM Hospital to get his arm checked.
“It was only then that I was told that my arm had dislocated. We have complained several times to the BMC F-North ward and they refuse to listen to us saying that the lane is not under their jurisdiction but the responsibility of the MMRDA.”
The Other side
Narendra Barde, assistant municipal commissioner, F-North ward, said, “I don’t know which road you are talking about. There are chances that the road mentioned is under the control of the central agencies. The road engineers from the BMC are different from those of the central agencies. If we notice bad roads, our engineers take pictures and pass them on to the central agencies so that they can be filled in. I can’t say anything except that the pothole-filling work is being done everywhere in the city.”