Office goers in north Mumbai’s Thane woke up to a rude shock on Thursday morning, and found all the roads across the city clogged. The congestion had started at the crack of dawn.
Thane witnessed massive traffic jams along the Ghodbunder Road, Eastern Express Highway and the Mumbai Nashik Highway. The traffic department continued to blame it on the closure of Versova bridge, potholes and heavy rains, however not much was done to resolve the woes of the motorists.
Many people staying in Thane, work in Mumbai and leave for office in the early morning to avoid the traffic.
Deepak Menon, 31, a resident of Vasant Leela along Ghodbunder Road, said, “I left home early to avoid the regular peak hour congestion, however was stuck for over one hour from Manpada to Cadbury junction along the Ghodbunder and Eastern Express Highway. This distance usually takes seven minutes to cover on normal days. Ghodbunder Road along with the Eastern Express highway were completely blocked today.”
The traffic department claims that the block is due to the closure of Versova Bridge. BR Geete, ACP, (traffic) said, “The closure of the Versova Bridge has brought heavy vehicles from Western Mumbai going to Gujarat and Rajasthan to the Nashik highway, increasing the load along Ghodbunder and Nashik Highway. The number of heavy vehicles have doubled due to the bridge closure.”
He said that the department has opened an additional lane along the Kopri bridge earlier then before for the smooth flow of traffic, however the rain and potholes have also added to the congestion.
The heavy vehicles enter from four toll gates at Kharegaon toll naka to the two lane Nashik highway. The eight lane traffic passes through the two lane Nashik Highway leading to a heavy jam, the traffic department said.