While pedestrians and motorists try to grapple with the season’s first heavy showers, the Public Works Department (PWD) has been adding to their woes by dumping paver blocks on the Western Express Highway (WEH), before the TOI flyover.
The department has dumped paver blocks that it removed from the junction at Mahim, causing inconvenience on the northbound stretch of the highway. Speaking to MiD DAY, PWD Executive Engineer B B Lohar said, “It is true that we have kept the paver blocks on the side of the Western Express Highway in Malad (East) but I don’t think it will cause any inconvenience to the motorists. The paver blocks will be reused to fill potholes if any are formed on the highway.”
Before monsoons, the PWD had removed paver blocks from areas such as Aarey colony, JVLR, Andheri junction, Sai Baba Temple and Dahisar check naka, and applied black topping on the road surface at these places. After removing the paver blocks, the department’s men deposited the same on the WEH, causing inconvenience to pedestrians.
Siddesh Surve, a Malad (West) resident said, “Rather than dumping the paver blocks along the highway, the PWD should have kept it at some other location. In case of heavy rainfall, there is bound to be water logging. Will the PWD officials rush to the spot to resolve our issues then?” With the advent of monsoon, many stretches on the WEH between Mahim and Dahisar are already uneven and pothole ridden. Most junctions are infested with unused paver blocks lying on the road, blocking traffic at several spots.