Potholes, traffic snarls make commute on Mumbai’s Sion-Panvel highway a nightmare
Mumbai city news: Traffic from Center One mall to the toll naka — a 4km stretch — had stalledmumbai Updated: Jun 29, 2017 15:46 IST
Potholes on the Sion-Panvel highway made the route a nightmare for commuters on Thursday. Severe traffic congestion was reported near the Vashi toll naka for the second day in a row.
Traffic officials attributed this to craters on the highways. “Owing to potholes, vehicles cannot pass through the area smoothly. People are driving slowly and carefully to avoid potholes, which has led to traffic crawling. Worse still, some vehicles were damaged owing to the poor roads. Mud guards and the lower part of the bonnets of some cars have been broken. The breakdowns are the most obvious reason behind the traffic snarls,” said Satish Gaikward, senior police inspector of Vashi traffic unit.
Traffic from Center One mall to the toll naka — a 4km stretch — had stalled on Thursday. As many as 20 police officers were deployed to manage the traffic.
“We can clear the road when congestion results from illegal parking or mismanagement of traffic. However, traffic officials cannot do much to alleviate serious issues with the road,” said Gaikwad.
As a temporary relief measure, traffic officials and villagers filled potholes with soil and bricks collected from nearby areas on Wednesday. Officials also asked officials not to collect toll from vehicles to ensure that vehicles passed through quickly.
Traffic officials also wrote to the public works department, asking officials to repair the highway soon.