Mumbai: Relentless traffic bottlenecks the bane of N ward residents

Updated: Dec 12, 2016, 11:17 IST | Aparna Shukla

On August 23, mid-day had reported how traffic snarls, potholes and illegal parking choke the ward. While corporators claim to have attended to a number of complaints, the ground reality offers a different picture

Traffic slows down to a crawl at Ghatkopar junction. Pic/Datta Kumbhar
Traffic slows down to a crawl at Ghatkopar junction. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

On August 23, mid-day had reported how traffic snarls, potholes and illegal parking choke the ward. While corporators claim to have attended to a number of complaints, the ground reality offers a different picture.

The Eastern Express Highway, the Ghatkopar junction and the road near R-City mall still have traffic bottlenecks, which are a leading cause of accidents. The stretch of road between R-City and Shreyas signal, too, remains jam-packed. In spite of having parcels of land on hand, the BMC still hasn’t allotted parking spaces in Ghatkopar East.

Residents Speak

Kamlesh Kapasi, Resident of Ghatkopar
We complain to the BMC about the condition of roads every month, but no action is taken. Unauthorised parking is given a free run. The drainage system was replaced recently, but it was a shoddy job, which made roads even more uneven.

Urvashi Seth, Resident of Ghatkopar
Things have only taken a turn for the worse. I take a long time to reach from Ghatkopar to R-City owing to the Metro construction work near the mall. Traffic near R-City mall is a nightmare, and by the looks of it, bumpy rides are here to stay.

BMC Speak

Sudhanshu Mohan Dwivedi, Assistant municipal commissioner
For each problem, we have taken steps. We are not in panic mode.

Expert speak

Sandeep Patade, Social activist
I had in May complained about missing footpaths and paver blocks being removed from LBS Road, but no action has been taken yet. The roads haven’t been repaired. Patchwork hasn’t been done. Mistakes have been hidden. Even in Laxminagar, roads are in a deplorable condition.

Corporators speak

Falguni Dave, Garodia Nagar
We tried to streamline traffic by implementing the odd/even day parking rule. Several projects on installation of signals in peak traffic areas have been proposed and everything should be on track by December.

Pravin Chheda, Kirol village
We have removed hawkers from footpaths. Also, at D Colony, Rajawadi, we erected barricades and diverted traffic by separating private vehicles and autorickshaws. We also put up signboards of names of housing societies at road bends so that people don’t have to ask for directions.

N ward
Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Parksite, Garodia Nagar

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