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Residents protest traffic congestion due to sealink

About 100 irate Bandra residents blocked roads near Lilavati hospital opposing the traffic congestion caused by the sealink in their narrow by-lanes. Kasturi Bagwe reports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 12, 2009 01:13 IST
Kasturi Bagwe

About 100 irate Bandra residents blocked roads near Lilavati hospital opposing the traffic congestion caused by the sealink in their narrow by-lanes.

Residents alleged despite regular complaints, the traffic police and civic body have not taken the residents’ demands seriously.

In a two hour-long protest, the residents stopped all the cars trying to enter the by-lanes and demanded that the traffic from the sealink should pass through the Arun Kumar Vaidya Road and join Krishen Chander Road.

But during evening peak hours, over 95 per cent of the traffic passes through these lanes.

“We have been tolerating this for three to four years now. The sealink has worsened our life. We have stopped going for evening walks because of this," said Mandakini Rao (70), a Bandra resident.

Around 80 per cent of the residents in that area are senior citizens and have very often met with minor accidents because of the two-way traffic dispersal.

Residents also feel that the stalled Hill Road-widening project should be completed.

“We never asked the civic body to cancel the widening. But they should plan it in such a way that it does not destroy the heritage structures,” said Vidya Tambe (50), a resident and secretary of the Bandra Reclamation mahila mandal.

Residents also protested against the unauthorised encroachments on the Lilavati road thus narrowing the road further.

Joint Commissioner of Traffic, Sanjay Barve, has called the residents for a meeting.