The Andheri-Kurla Road was bad enough without the added trouble of potholes, sunken paver blocks and open gutters.
The road, which always sees heavy traffic, is already in a bad condition as the city’s first metro line is being constructed right through its middle. Heavy showers have now made matters worse, especially at the junction before Kohinoor hotel and near Marol Naka.
“If the potholes at the JB Nagar junction are filled properly, there will be a 20 to 30% improvement in the traffic situation. This road was always congested and the metro work and now the potholes have worsened the congestion. There are huge potholes so vehicles have to slow down for the sake of safety. It leads to a backlog,” said a traffic policeman on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
At certain spots, the water pipes that run underground have come up. “I have to be extremely careful while driving here. And it’s difficult to see a pothole, particularly at night or when it’s raining,” said Dishant Suthar, who travels on his bike between Maroshi and Andheri station.
Parts of the road are concretised and there are long stretches where paver blocks have been used. At many spots, paver blocks removed for work previously have not been replaced, while in some places, there are open gutters in the middle of the road.
“There are potholes everywhere in Mumbai. Every now and then, I have to spend around Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,200 after some part of my vehicle gets damaged,” said Thakurprasad Singh, autorickshaw driver.
“Passengers at times get off midway because of the huge traffic jams. They say they will reach faster if they walk,” said Deepak Singh, taxi driver.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Development Authority (MMRDA) is the nodal authority that is responsible for this disaster of a road. “We will immediately repair the potholes so commuters are not inconvenienced,” said Dilip Kawathkar, project coordinator, MMRDA.