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Half-baked roads spell concrete disaster in Mira Road

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
By Suresh Golani

In yet another instance of the BJP-led Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation's (MBMC) glaring insensitivity to public safety, several roads in Mira Road are lying in an extremely pathetic condition with deep trenches and half-baked concretisation with no signs of completion for the past more than a year.

Consequently, motorists and local residents, especially school-going children and senior citizens are facing immense hardships while navigating such unfinished roads. Interestingly, some of the concrete road works, including those taken up in the Kanakia area of Mira Road, are not being executed by MBMC’s Public Works Department deployed contractors, but by a private developer in exchange of Transfer Development Rights (TDR). However unable to churn out a solution, the work has come to  a screeching halt due to a technical roadblock.

Owing to land ownership issues, the MBMC has stopped granting TDR’s prompting the concerned developer to abruptly hold up further construction work. “Both the builder and the MBMC are responsible for the mess which has posed a threat to life and limb of residents.” said a member of a senior citizens group which is planning to file a PIL in court. The TDR already awarded.

At several spots in Mira Road, which not only houses the swanky  residence of the municipal commissioner and also the town planning office, cement road construction has blocked half the road and hence there is acute shortage of parking space. Surrounded by housing societies and commercial complexes, a couple of incomplete stretches have resulted in a dismal hit on businesses in the area as well. With no warning signs or barricades in place, several school going children have fallen prey to minor mishaps at these abandoned under construction road sites.

Clumsy MBMC!
This road you see in the photograph is of the Indralok area in Bhayandar east which was paved more than a year back. However, half of the road, like several in the city remains undone. Instead of completing the other side, civic engineers have adopted a rather clumsy way of  creating ramps to bridge the gaping gaps between the new concrete road and the tattered parts at various junctures.

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