Cave-in on Peddar Road causes traffic jam
A portion of road in Mumbai's Peddar Road area caved in on Monday evening, leading to huge traffic snarls on the key stretch in south Mumbai during peak hours. This is the second cave-in in the last three months on the same stretch of road near Jaslok hospital.
Though traffic police officials were present in large numbers and diversions announced, motorists were severely inconvenienced. On July 12, 2012, there was another cave-in on the same stretch of Peddar road, a major arterial road, that was attritubed to a slab of an old stormwater drain under the road giving way.
The cave-in on Monday was noticed at 11.30 am and officials from Mumbai's civic body reached the spot in the afternoon to carry out repair work. The civic authorities while repairing the road made a huge hole of 6 feet and even fixed a drainage problem.
Vilas Kamble, Executive Engineer, D ward, who was present on the spot, blamed the old pipelines underneath the roads for the cave-in. He said, “The road will be properly open for the public by Tuesday and main reason behind the cave-in is the water pipelines being of the British era. We will be able to fix it soon and will try and avoid this issue every time on this stretch.”
A traffic sub-inspector, on request of anonymity, said, “We are having a tough time handling the traffic and BMC should take cognizance of this problem as this is one of the major junctions in the city.”
Incidentally, similar incidents have occurred during the past two monsoons as well.