Mumbai Link road is motorist’s nightmare

Potholes right on important junctions on this arterial road continue to pose danger to thelife and limb of bikers and motorists alike. BMC needs to do something urgently

Mumbai: Despite being one of the most important arterial roads of the city, the Link Road in the Western suburbs is facing a serious problem of potholes which is causing huge amount of misery to motorists on a daily basis.

One such huge pothole was seen on the Link Road at Andheri, opposite the City Mall and which is one of the most congested traffic areas In the western suburbs. The huge crater exists on the south bound road and has created a major hurdle for drivers travelling on this stretch. According to Naresh Grover, a regular motorist, a huge amount of traffic comes on this road not just from area like Jogeshwari and Goregaon, but even from nearby areas like Lokhandwala Complex and Millat Nagar.

“Hence it is important that the traffic keeps moving smoothly and for this purpose the quality of roads have to be very good,” he said. But the fact is that the presence of such a huge pothole right in the middle of the road tends to slow down the traffic since it can damage the vehicles,” the motorist said.

When queried about this, Jyotsna Dighe, the local municipal corporator admitted that the entire stretch of Link Road at Andheri (W) has been facing this problem of potholes since the beginning of the monsoon. “I have been taking rounds of the area on a regular basis and have identified the potholes that are causing a problem for fast movement of traffic,” she said. The corporator said that she is taking up the filling up of this particular pothole on a priority basis and this will be done in the next couple of days.

A similar situation exists on the Link Road at Behrambaug Junction in Jogeshwari which is an important road where vehicles have to take a turn for going towards Jogeshwari.  This part of the road has been mostly built with paver blocks and this often tends to come off during heavy rains, local residents said. “This has become a regular feature every year and the municipal corporation does not seem to be making any effort to improve this part of the Link Road,” said Firdaus Khan, a local resident.

The situation was equally bad at Malad Link Road opposite the D Mart building, which is one of the busiest areas on this stretch of road. An auto rickshaw driver, RajanShirke, said that traffic literally keeps pouring on the road in this region and the pothole existing on this stretch has really made life difficult for all. “We are all the time dodging this pothole and this obstructs smooth movement of traffic and results in jams,” he pointed out.

Even the crucial Dahanukarwadi Junction at Kandivali had a damaged road condition right in the middle of the road. “The pothole has been created right in the middle of the junction where vehicles turn towards Charkop Junction or turn towards Kandivali station,” said Hira Jain, a biker who passes through this place on a regular basis. Since the road damage is right in the middle, the motorists have to negotiate the turn very slowly and carefully so as not to cause any accident. The problem is so bad that the people have put up small sticks at the damaged part so that motorists can see this from a distance and not land inside the hole.

At Chikuwadi Junction at Borivali (W), municipal workers were seen filling up a huge crater that had been lying open since the last several days. “We have been asked to fill up this pothole on a priority basis and then look at other smaller potholes in the vicinity,” one worker said.

According to corporatorDighe, they have been bringing up the issue of the poor quality of material used by the contractors but even the municipal officials seem totally helpless in this regard,” she said. A pothole that they had filled a few days back at Lokhandwala Complex just came off in one round of rains and the situation is back to square one,” she admitted.

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