With an ideal mixture of rain and an extended weekend coupled with a brief vacation, site visitors on most main roads in Thane and adjoining areas got here to a standstill on Friday because the variety of individuals shifting out of town elevated.
The worst affected have been the Mumbai-Nashik Freeway, Japanese Specific Freeway and Ghodbunder Highway. The potholes on the Mumbai-Nashik freeway have elevated the issues of the passengers caught within the jam for hours. Even ambulances had hassle commuting on and off the freeway.
“Getting out of city has turn into a nightmare. Even when we’ve got deliberate a trip, we should always consider leaving the home early in view of the site visitors jams. The roads are pathetic with potholes. I deliberate to go to Nashik with my household. It’s a three-hour drive, however an hour solely went on the Kalyan-Bhiwandi part on Friday morning,” stated 38-year-old Sudip Shinde, a Kalyan resident.
Not less than 100-150 site visitors law enforcement officials and wardens have been deployed on the Thane-Bhiwandi part on the nationwide freeway. The site visitors police additionally claimed that they referred to as contractors on Thursday and Friday to fill potholes because the roads are barely seen as a result of potholes in most elements of the highway.
Thane DCP Site visitors Datta Kamble stated, “The highway could be very unhealthy with potholes, which is the primary purpose for slowing down of autos. Site visitors was affected on each side from Mumbai to Nashik and from Nashik to Mumbai on Thursday and Friday. We referred to as the contractor to fill the pits as a lot as doable. Our site visitors law enforcement officials and wardens have been working around the clock to manage the site visitors.”
Site visitors jams have been additionally reported on a number of inside roads of Thane metropolis, particularly the Majiwada circle, Teen Haath Naka.
“The highway on the freeway is in very unhealthy situation with potholes. Generally autos break down on the highway, affecting the site visitors. There’s not a site visitors policeman for the motion of autos in each space. They’re solely at sure factors. Each monsoon, the scenario worsens and officers fail to take needed steps,” stated Surendra Naik, who takes the stretch to attach Bhiwandi to Thane for every day work.
Every day office-goers additionally blamed heavy autos coming into town limits, regardless of their motion being restricted throughout peak hours.
“The Thane Site visitors Police had launched particular non-peak hour timings for heavy autos. Nonetheless, other than this, we will additionally see some heavy autos within the metropolis throughout peak hours, resulting in overcrowding,” stated 39-year-old Sneha Prajapati, who drives from Bhiwandi to Mumbai on daily basis for work.
When requested about potholes on the Mumbai-Nashik part, an MSRDC official stated, “Our contractors are working around the clock, filling up potholes wherever it’s reported. As quickly because the rain stops, they begin filling the pits. Nonetheless, this may be finished briefly for now. As soon as the rain stops, correct highway repairs might be made alongside the complete stretch of asphalt.
Site visitors jam as a result of college procession
Heavy site visitors jam was reported at Birla Faculty Highway-Kharakpada-Adharwadi-Shivaji Chowk as hundreds of scholars from totally different faculties of Kalyan participated within the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ procession within the metropolis forward of Independence Day. Automobiles remained stranded for hours as a complete route was devoted for the procession.
Jai Nair, 42, a resident of Kalyan who was caught in site visitors, stated, “How did the authorities enable such a procession throughout the busy morning hours. They might have had it within the afternoon hours. I used to be caught between Adharwadi and Khadakpada for nearly an hour.
Lengthy queues have been additionally seen on the auto rickshaw stand as three wheelers couldn’t attain the stand on time as a result of site visitors jam.
Mahesh Tarde, senior police inspector of Kalyan site visitors unit, stated, “The procession was collectively referred to as by faculties, police and civic officers and was deliberate lengthy prematurely. Since they have been kids, we needed to dedicate a facet of the highway to them. Aside from this, we had sufficient personnel deployed on the highway to manage the site visitors.”