SRA to repair Santacruz road, Aarey road still as is

After mid-day published a report highlighting the shoddy condition of four roads in the city, the SRA has started repair work on the road in Daulat Nagar; stretch between Aarey market and WEH still riddled with potholes

Taking note of a report published in this paper that highlighted the poor condition of a private road in Santacruz (West), the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) has started repair work.

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Work on the road in Daulat Nagar, Santacruz (West) began late on Thursday night. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar
Work on the road in Daulat Nagar, Santacruz (West) began late on Thursday night. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

On December 4, mid-day had, in its report, pointed out the shoddy condition of four major roads in the city Daulat Nagar in Santacruz (West), Kasturba Road in Borivli (East), the stretch between Western Express Highway (WEH) and Aarey market inside Aarey Milk Colony, and the Dharavi bridge.

mid-day’s report on December 4
mid-day’s report on December 4

The article showed that the private road in Santacruz had potholes on the patch going towards S V Road junction from nearby Sane Guruji School, inconveniencing motorists and pedestrians.

The road is under the purview of SRA, whose chief, Nirmalkumar Deshmukh, had promised that repair work would be carried out at the earliest. Work started late on Thursday night and the undulations and even surface are being fixed.

In the past, this paper has drawn attention to the deplorable condition of the street, which counted as many as 180 potholes on a 500-metre stretch before the monsoon.

Authorities had then, in a knee-jerk reaction, repaired half of the road. The remaining is being taken care of now, almost six months later.

The other side
Meanwhile the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), under whose care the Borivli road is, says they will start repair work next month. An official from R/Central ward confirmed the same.

The worst of all four, the Aarey stretch has been neglected. BMC authorities have also made it clear that the Dharavi bridge repairs will take a long time, due to some technical issues that have to be addressed. Speaking to mid-day, a resident of Aarey Milk Colony said, “The moment you enter the colony, you are greeted by fresh air and a pleasant environment.

The joy of this is snatched away due to the bumpy ride. Why is the BMC being biased against this road? Regular commuters like me get backaches, shoulder and muscle pain due to using this road every day. Vehicle maintenance costs have gone up manifold. I request the authorities to repair this road immediately.”

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