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HAPHAZARD CONCRETIZATION OF ROADS AT VASHI SOON TO TAKE LIVES OF PEDESTRIANS AND MOTORISTS – MONEY SHUTS THE EYES OF PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES AND NMMC OFFICIALS

Earlier pedestrians and motorists voiced inconvenience due to the pathetic conditions of roads in the prime nodes of the city, particularly Vashi. But the scenario just got worse. Residents say that the negligent working behavior of the contractor seen on the stretch from Sector 29 to Sector 14, can even be fatal. The contractor Mahavir Constructions is carrying out the concretization work of the stretch between Sector 29 to sector 14 at Vashi in a highly negligent and careless manner. The way the traffic is moving on the half concretized road and the other half of the road in very bad conditions, chances of disastrous or fatal accidents cannot be ruled out. While there is heavy traffic flow on the half done road, work is being done on the other half without any demarcation like a safety wall of any sort for the safety and convenience of motorists and pedestrians. The construction company has put up no signboards of caution or information either. Even mandatory information like when the work was started and when is it scheduled to be completed are not put up anywhere on the stretch. The heavy vehicles like dumpers, buses and the likes can prove to be risky to the lives of not just the pedestrians but even motorists traveling on two wheelers. Off late, two wheelers and pedestrians are meeting with accidents daily, though fortunately till date no lives have been lost, though motorists have procured minor injuries. But for the corporators, of this area particularly and for officials, once the tender has been awarded there is little check. Sources allege that for the contractor the alleged bribery given to corporators and officials for the tender is enough to ensure that he does the work according to his own convenience and whims and fancies with no regard for the general public. City Engineer Mohan Dagaonkar’s dept is definitely keeping him in the dark. When quested about the issue, Mohan Dagaonkar said that since we have brought the gravity of the matter to his attention, he will see to it that heavy vehicles are stopped on this stretch and are given another route till the concretization work doesn’t end. The attitude of NMMC officials and corporators towards the negligent work being carried out by the contractor compels one to think that indeed, money has shut their eyes and ears.

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