In an effort to curb the rising problem of traffic chaos and to ensure safety of students, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has initiated the work of broadening the road along St Lawrence High School and Maharashtra State Education Board.
Social worker Vijay Walunj, a resident of Sector 16 Vashi said, “This stretch is one of the busiest and used by students of Karamveer Bhauraao Patil College, St Lawrence High School and people visiting Maharashtra State Education Board Office. School buses ply on this road in morning and evening. Moreover, vehicles coming from the internal roads of Sector 16 make it more chaotic.
To the pedestrians’ dismay, one side of the footpath is uneven, and the other side the footpath has been encroached by a garbage bin and a huge sewerage pipeline dumped on it, thus forcing them to walk on the roads amid vehicles.
The NMMC and the Traffic Police did tried few options like making this lane ‘one way’, but it didn’t work.
Deputy engineer Sanjay S said, “As a precautionary measure, NMMC has decided to broaden the road by removing the unused footpath. The corporation will also ensure that the uneven footpath is levelled so that the residents can safely use the footpath.”
Social worker Saif Khan of SAYA said, “The step taken by the NMMC is worth zero. Instead of clearing the encroached footpath, they have removed the whole footpath and left only one small walkway for pedestrians. This clearly shows the failure of the corporation as well as the traffic department who do not have powers to stop vehicles violating rules entering ‘one way’. Instead the removal of footpath has only given more room and an open invitation to such violators.”