Inside Story February 2019

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Traffic Mess at Nahar Chandivli Junctions Powai

Hawkers, water tankers, industrial trucks, two-wheelers, four-wheelers, auto-rickshaws and city buses turn up in full force to head to common destinations such as offices, schools, colleges, markets and workplaces, the morning rush hour literally throws traffic out of gear at the Nahar, Chandivali - Rambaugh end junctions daily. To add to these residential complex problems more and more high rises are being built but leaving the infrastructure way behind. 

From illegal parking to encroachments, from many feeder arteries to heavy congestion at crossroads, these and much more give Nahar Shakti complex residents of Powai much woe where commuting in or out of the complex is concerned. Complains Shambhavi Chhugani of Nahar Powai" Why can't they make it one way traffic during peak hours, it will solve traffic jams."

The traffic wardens are not always necessarily present at the junctions to supervise and the heavy vehicles take full advantage by plying through residential complexes and leaving roads in a state of utter upheaval mess 

There is no answer at the exits at Khairani roads or arteries leading towards Saki Naka too. Adds Prashant Hinge from near the Nahar Shakti complex, "The exit towards Khairani Road is packed because of all encroachments by the small shops (Motorcycle repairs, construction material, small thelawalas etc) and other small businesses. The jams are caused  more  particularly  by the illegal parkings of the commercial vehicles  feeding to these small businesses on both sides of the roads. The situation is same towards Sakinaka as well as towards Jangleshwar Mandir. 

If we try to take the exit towards Powai Police Station,  the situation is worsened off late by the residents. Many of these residents have established small  shops in front of their houses. Even they are blocking the road for want of space for their daily activities.  Apart from this, toddlers are playing almost on the road.

Towards SM Shetty School, the road between IRB and Gundecha is full of potholes and it remains so throughout the year. Jaye to jaye kaha? Further adds Shambhavi, “The traffic at Nahar is a mess, with bikes and cars being oddly parked taking away lot of place on the main roads. Parking has to be organised and monitored to enable traffic to flow smoothly. The no parking signs are of no use as it's not visible or monitored. No consideration for noise pollution too.”

Autos go crazily any how dodging bigger vehicles with no civic sense. When will traffic be organised is my question?"
(Elsie Gabriel is an award winning post graduate certified Green Teacher and Environmental Law expert. With twenty years of writing experience she has travelled to remote corners of the earth researching, photographing, documenting facts that bind the threads of anthropological wonder. Powai runs in her veins)