Potholes on Sion-Panvel highway leave motorists stuck for five hours
According to the traffic police, the problem began between CBD Belapur and Kopra bridge of Kamothe around 8am.Updated: Jul 17, 2018 00:12 IST
Motorists were stuck on the Sion-Panvel highway for five hours on Monday morning, as potholes coupled with their repairs left them in queues as long as 6km in both the directions. The situation was back to normal by evening.
According to the traffic police, the problem began between CBD Belapur and Kopra bridge of Kamothe around 8am.
“CBD Belapur has a large number of government and private offices, with hundreds of people coming to work from Panvel and Raigad every morning. The traffic snarls began on the Mumbai-bound carriageway as more and more officegoers started to enter from the Panvel side. The road has a lot of potholes owing to which motorists couldn’t speed,” said Pravin Pandey, assistant police inspector of the Kharghar traffic unit.
The traffic department also blamed the repairs by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and public works department (PWD).
“PWD workers started filling potholes on both the lanes of the Kopra bridge, which is between Kharghar and Kamothe. This worsened the situation,” he said.
According to Pandey, the PWD potholes were fixed by noon.
“The officials also installed water pumps near Kharghar toll naka, an area that sees waterlogging frequently. The scenario should be better on Tuesday,” he further said.
At CBD Belapur, the repairs on the flyover by MSRDC added to the mess. “Every year, rain washes away the construction material,” said Babasaheb Tupe, police inspector from Belapur traffic unit.
Sources from MSRDC said they now plan to use paver blocks. “That seems to be the only option. We plan to start the work in the next few days,” said an MSRDC official.
Prasad Sangar, junior engineer of PWD, said, “We are now filling up the potholes, so motorists don’t face trouble. We have a budget of ₹450 crore to improve the overall infrastructure of the highway.”
First Published: Jul 16, 2018 12:24 IST