Monsoon might be long over, but Aarey Road continues to give nightmares to motorists even now. Neither has it been repaired nor have any of the numerous potholes on it been filled.
Residents and motorists have complained that it has a large number of potholes and bad stretches, which the authorities seem to have completely ignored.
The 7.6km-long road’s maintenance work rests with the public works department (PWD). According to a survey conducted by PWD last year, around 29,595 vehicles, including two- and four-wheelers ply on the road daily.
“It has too many potholes, some of which are large enough to cause a two-wheeler accident. In addition to this, due to poor street lighting and high beams from ignorant drivers, it’s very difficult to drive at normal speed at night. Driving on that road is quite a back-breaking experience, such is its condition,” said Kenneth Dsouza, a motorist.
“I have spoken with the Aarey administration and the contractor who collects the toll several times, but both passed the buck to each other.”
Another motorist said the authorities always find an excuse for their failure in keeping the road in a good condition.
“During the monsoon, they said it wasn’t possible to carry out any work and merely filled the potholes. These resurfaced after monsoon was over, exposing the shoddy work,” he said.
However, PWD officials said repair work can be carried out only after they receive complaints. “We repair the bad stretches and potholes as and when we get to know about them or receive any complaints. But we will still look into this matter,” said an official.