Travelling during Ganeshotsav is going to be a nightmare for residents this year as well.
Your chances of getting stuck in the traffic are likely to increase, thanks to the bad condition of the roads as well as highways. Private buses from Mumbai and Thane, heading towards Konkan, are likely to use arterial roads of the city due to the pathetic condition of the Sion-Panvel highway.
This will lead to heavy vehicular movement on the city roads, which are already filled with potholes.
“It is unlikely that four-wheelers will be using the Sion-Panvel highway or the Mumbra bypass given their condition. They might use the Palm Beach Road or the Thane-Belapur Road to connect to the Mumbai-Pune expressway or to the Mumbai-Goa highway at Palaspa. We are expecting an addition of around a lakh vehicles during festival time,” said an official from the traffic police.
Civic officials have already said that the city’s interior roads are bearing double the load than their capacity. “Today, more than a lakh vehicles use interior roads Palm Beach and Thane-Belapur which is leading to the wear and tear of their vehicles.
During the festival season, we fear a lot of vehicles will be coming along this stretch and can cause traffic snarls on Thane-Belapur Road as well as the Palm Beach Road, which are already witnessing heavy traffic flow.”
The standing committee of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) on Wednesday cleared a suggestion moved by Vashi corporator Vikram Shinde that traffic police should inform NMMC before diverting traffic from the city.
Corporators have been demanding that public works department (PWD) fast-track repair works so that the excess load of vehicles does not pass through city’s arterial roads.
PWD officials said, “The work of the Sion-Panvel highway was delayed due to unavailability of sand, but now we will carry out the work at a fast pace. Already the work of covering potholes has started so that devotees do not have to face problem during Ganeshotsav. We have also opened concretised stretch at Nerul and Kharghar so that vehicles can move smoothly.”
Several Mumbaikars and Thanekars head towards Konkan during the Ganesh festival, which is one of the important festival in the state.