Commuters who use the Aarey Colony Road are shocked at the accident that claimed the life of a 19-year-old on Monday, but none of them are surprised that a mishap took place on the pockmarked road during the monsoon.
Ghatkopar resident Siddesh Dhake was killed after he lost control of his bike while dodging a pothole and came under a speeding car.
Raviraj Gandhe, 50, an executive producer with Doordarshan, said, he has stopped using the road this monsoon because of the sorry state it is in. “The road is full of potholes during. Moreover, it has only two lanes and many twists and turns. To dodge a pothole, motorists take sudden, unexpected turns, putting them at risk of an accident.”
Gandhe now uses the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road instead “even though the former is jam-packed during peak hours”.
Rajendra Fodkar, 49, electrical consultant, who travels to Powai daily using this road, claims it has been a consistent problem for years. “In spite of charging a toll, authorities have failed miserably to carry out proper maintenance work prior to the monsoon so there are many potholes,” he said.
Anwar Patel, 45, a resident of Goregaon (east), who drives his children every day to the Aarey recreation park said: “I ask my children to hold on to something in the car as I fear they may slip and fall because of the constant jerks,” he said. “My car developed a technical snag a few days ago owing to the constant bumping.”