Potholes plague Kharghar-Belapur service road

Aug 01, 2013, 01:56 IST | Nigel Buthello

Motorists say that the craters, filled with rainwater, are resulting in mishaps and making their commutes dangerous; ongoing construction work is adding to the chaos

Locals using the service road from Belapur to Kharghar to avoid traffic snarls during peak hours on the Sion-Panvel Highway have complained that the ongoing construction work of the metro rail has rendered their journey from bad to worse as the width of the road was reduced to half.

Death trap: A massive pothole on the Belapur-Kharghar service road, filled with rain water

They have also complained about the potholes that have plagued the road, claiming that these are resulting in mishaps for motorists. 

Sumit Sahay (35), a resident of Kharghar, said, “I travel on this road by car every day. The first problem is that most of the road has been cordoned off for the metro rail construction, leaving very little space for cars to ply on. At times BEST buses using the road cause traffic jams.

The road is full of potholes, which damage vehicles. Several motorcyclists are thrown off their bikes when they hit the potholes, or while trying to avoid them.”

CIDCO Superintendent Engineer C V Kamble said, “The road is an important one as it saves the locals from getting stuck in traffic jams on the highway.

The job for filling the potholes on this stretch has been given to a local contractor and material to be used has been transported to the site. But excessive rains in the last few days mean that the fillings have not set properly.

So once the downpour ceases, well be able to fix the potholes so that they last till the end of the monsoon for now.”  

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