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Readers vent their ire on 'paver blocked' roads in Mumbai

MiD DAY’s cover story on the city’s 10 worst paved roads drew a strong reaction from citizens yesterday. Many angry readers posted on our website or took to Twitter to point out other stretches of road where dislodged and broken paver blocks have been causing their vehicles and backs endless pain.


Dangerous: Paver blocks dumped at the busy Shivaji Maharaj Chowk, Chembur. Pic/Sameer Markande

MiD DAY correspondents Chetna Yerunkar and Neha Tripathi visited five of the stretches to corroborate the facts – they came back as shockedand disappointed as the readers.


Pic/Amit Jadhav

Location:
Anand Nagar link Road (Dahisar)

What the reader said
Bad roads at Anand Nagar in Dahisar East, next to the subway crossing since 2005. Bad management.
@Iyertwits

What we saw
The pavers have been dislodged from the road, creating a seemingly endless patch of unevenness that stretches up to 100 metres. This road connects Dahisar (East) on one end to the Western Express Highway on the other.

We are tired of this condition. The entire area has road made of paver blocks however this road is a crucial one as it connecting Dahisar east to west. It witnesses heavy traffic during peak hours due to the unevenness of the road.

- Biju Krishnan,
A frequent traveller of the road

 

Location:
Malad SV Road
What the reader said

Start with Malad @oyemangya


Pic/Suresh KK

What we saw
SV Road in Malad is an arterial road in the western suburbs, connecting Dahisar with Borivli and Bandra. Many commuters and motorists travelling during the morning and evening peak hours use this road on a daily basis. The unevenness caused by dislodged paver blocks on this road causes inconvenience to commuters and motorists and damage to vehicles, besides leading to waste of time and fuel.

Our readers pointed out many more stretches where dislodged and broken paver blocks have left scarred roads in their wake. Read MiD DAY tomorrow for our take on other distressing paved roads in the city

I have submitted written complaints nine times to the concerned authorities, but no action has been taken. I stay in Kandivli but have to travel to Malad where I own a shop. I have seen at least 15-20 commuters falling from their two-wheelers or autos due to the uneven condition of the road. The road has been like this for almost 10 months.

— Nikhil Makwana,
Frequent user of the road

 

If Uddhav Thackeray had taken a little pain to improve the lives of Mumbaikars in spite of them repeatedly voting for his party in the BMC elections, Mumbai would have been a better place to live in, and he would have been the automatic choice to become CM of Maharashtra, but just our bad luck. Paver blocks is just one of the many issues.
- Suresh Shama Shetty

Paver blocks are not concreted; it has to be laid above the sand. Whoever gave the idea to spoil our Mumbai roads should be asked to pay damages. Paver blocks are to be put where you feel that that particular part needs to be dug up at different intervals.
- Roy Ninan

Paver blocks are not fit for India where it rains heavily, they are used in the Middle East because it doesn’t rain there. The one who gave the suggestion of using paver blocks in India or in Mumbai should be taken to task. These paver blocks have made the lives of Mumbaikars miserable.
- Puranik Anand

Location:
Juhu-Versova Link Road
What the reader said
Bad blocks at the crossing of Versova and JVPD, they are at their worst from all eight sides of the road, including the exit of the Link Road coming from Versova and the crossing itself. Also, it has sunk at many places, especially when you approach the crossing from Gulmohar Road.
— Manjot Singh


Pic/Suresh KK

What we saw
Juhu-Versova Link Road is an important road that connects Versova, Four Bungalows, Seven Bungalows with Juhu JVPD. Commuters and motorists going towards Juhu, Vile Parle and the Western Express Highway from Versova take this road during peak hours. The scarred stretch on this road is a bane for commuters. Vehicles get caught in traffic jams because of the unevenness. 

If Uddhav Thackeray had taken a little pain to improve the lives of Mumbaikars in spite of them repeatedly voting for his party in the BMC elections, Mumbai would have been a better place to live in, and he would have been the automatic choice to become CM of Maharashtra, but just our bad luck. Paver blocks is just one of the many issues.
- Suresh Shama Shetty

Paver blocks are not concreted; it has to be laid above the sand. Whoever gave the idea to spoil our Mumbai roads should be asked to pay damages. Paver blocks are to be put where you feel that that particular part needs to be dug up at different intervals.
- Roy Ninan

Paver blocks are not fit for India where it rains heavily, they are used in the Middle East because it doesn’t rain there. The one who gave the suggestion of using paver blocks in India or in Mumbai should be taken to task. These paver blocks have made the lives of Mumbaikars miserable.
- Puranik Anand

Location:
Chembur Naka to Jain Mandir

What the reader said
Chembur Naka to Chembur police station and even ahead till RCF police station. Worst thing Mumbai has is paver blocks.
@Raj_Sakpal


Pic/Sameer Markande

What we saw
Dislodged paver blocks have left huge potholes in their wake. The road is scarred and bumpy over a long 300-metre stretch. This is an important road that connects Chembur station to Chembur naka, used by heavy vehicles and buses.

We are very tired of the roads. It’s not just the rains that spoil the roads — all through the year the roads are in a bad shape because of the shoddy repair job done with paver blocks.
Darshit Shah
— Darshit Shah

 

Location:
Priyadarshini Circle


Pic/Sameer Markande

What the reader said
Please visit the road between Suman Nagar to Priyadarshini building towards Sion. Worst road. @Raj_Sakpal

What we saw
This is an important stretch for motorists moving into the city from Navi Mumbai and Thane. This bumpy road causes huge traffic snarls in the area on a regular basis. Problems are compounded by the fact that the stretch is used by many heavy vehicles, causing more damage to the road and creating further trouble for motorists manoeuvreing smaller vehicles during peak hours.

The problem starts when paver blocks are used on this kind of road. They should be completely banned as they are of no use.

— Shakeel Ahmad,
Rickshaw driver who frequently uses the road

 

Readers react

Readers took to social media to vent their frustration on paver-block roads 
 
@valuetweets1
Thank you Mid Day for taking up this issue, as it being not just an eyesore but waste of taxpayers’ money and is dangerous. Good job. Most needed to expose the corruption and the inconvenience it causes to people. Thanks.
 
@neetakolhatkar
100% support. Girgaum footpaths, roads super fail
 
@aparanjape 
Many of them are in a horrible state!
 
@Gully_Nawab 
Sincerely appreciate your efforts and do agree that paver-block roads are a real nuisance for vehicles in Mumbai.
 
@chin80 
Excellent! It’s such a big scam. Noticed a trend; they make such roads and dig them up soon after, for various reasons. Cheap quality makes such roads cave in faster.
 
@manishkalghatgi 
It’s a contractor scam and a safety hazard.
 
@rohit_ms 
Please also try to find the companies in charge of making the paver blocks.
 
@rdkriplani 
Pull small pieces of broken paver blocks from areas that are damaged and test the quality and thickness of pavers.
 
@samirmokashi 
Hate paver blocks, they are responsible for many accidents.
 
@akkiman 
Is there any politician who owns a paver block making company? Also same problem in Pune too.

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