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Stuck in traffic on Mumbai’s Tulsi pipe road? Here’s why

The potholes and muck on this stretch of Senapati Bapat Road have rendered a 5-minute-long commute to stretch over 20 to 25 minutes

mumbai Updated: Aug 17, 2017 08:57 IST
Eeshanpriya MS 
Eeshanpriya MS 
Hindustan Times
Potholes,Monsoon,Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
Potholes near Dadar flyover market in Mumbai.(Bhushan Koyande/HT)

For commuters who use Senapati Bapat Marg (colloquially called Tulsi Pipe Road) during peak traffic hours, the pothole menace on the Elphinstone Road-Dadar stretch is not a new story. This stretch of the road is riddled with potholes and loose gravel leading to traffic jams and several residents have approached the local ward committee appealing to fix the road. But commuters will have to wait till the monsoon season is over before the (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) BMC puts an end to bumpy rides.

The potholes and muck on this stretch of Senapati Bapat Road have rendered a 5-minute-long commute to stretch over 20 to 25 minutes, as traffic jams abound at the Elphinstone junction. The Senapati Bapat Road, has gained prominence in the few years following sudden rise in commercial complexes in Parel-Worli area on the land occupied by erstwhile textile mills. The potholes on the roads slows down the traffic and the effect can be seen on the entire stretch of the road that starts from the Phoenix mills.

Priti Patankar, who is the corporator from this area said, “So many local residents have complained to me about the bad status of this road. I took up the matter in the July’s ward committee meeting.”

Milind Vaidya, who is the chairman of the ward committee said, “The real problem is the fish market and the flower market situated on this road. Heavy vehicles such as trucks, water tankers, and garbage collection vans frequently use this patch and have spoiled it.” Patankar and Vaidya have written to the BMC demanding that the fish market be shifted elsewhere, which will permanently resolve the pothole menace. Patankar said the BMC assured her that the market will be moved within six months.

The road was last repaired in May, according to Ramakant Biradar, assistant commissioner of the G North ward. However, heavy rains resulted in more potholes right away. Biradar said, “The heavy rains in June and trucks from the fish market have spoiled this patch.” The ward has included this road in the list of priority repair work, to be started in October.

Last month, all ward offices submitted a list of roads in their area which are in need of resurfacing or repair. The roads department compiled the list of 1,032 roads and categorised them into three priorities. The portion of Senapati Bapat Road on the Dadar side has been listed in the priority two category of road repairs.

The road falls in the jurisdiction of two wards. The G North ward is in-charge of the patch between Mahim and Elphinstone, whereas the remaining patch, up to Mahalaxmi station falls in the jurisdiction of G South ward. Prashant Sapkale, assistant commissioner of the G South ward, said, “The portion of the road which falls in my ward is not in a bad condition, so it is not slated for repair this year.”

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 08:57 IST