Dug-up roads vex Thakurli residents


Large parts of the 90 Feet Road remain dug open for about a year, KDMC engineer says roadworks may go up to March’21

Thakurli: Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has said that the long-pending construction work at 90 Feet Road, Thakurli may be completed only by next year. The roadworks at 90 Feet Road were stalled for six months ever since the lockdown was imposed and were only recently resumed.

The 90 Feet Road connects two nearby towns—Dombivli and Kalyan—and is an important junction point. The road has been dug up in many stretches. The roadworks related to the laying of the pipeline by KDMC began in late 2019. Some parts of the road have been barricaded, turning it into a single lane that sees traffic in the busy evening hours. The road is pitted, uneven and muddy in many parts.

Soon after the lockdown was announced, the civic authorities filled up the under-construction parts with stones and gravel. These stone-filled parts of the road have become accident-prone. Residents have taken to social media to express their resentment at the dug-up roads.

Many instances of accidents have also been observed. “An old man was hit by a two-wheeler when it skidded off on the stone-filled portion of the road. Luckily it wasn’t a major accident and the man escaped with minor injuries”, said Sanket Gaikwad, a local resident.

KDMC authorities said that the roadwork at 90 Feet Road is not just regular maintenance work. The digging is related to the government’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) program.

Jagdish Kore, Executive Civic Engineer at KDMC Construction Department said that the drainage department is currently laying the drainage line under the roads as part of the AMRUT program. Post the drainage works, annual road maintenance work would be carried out and only then the road would be ready. Anant Madgundi, Engineer at KDMC Drainage Department said that the road work might be completed by March 2021.

Under the AMRUT government program, public services like assured water supply and sewerage connection are provided to households. PM Narendra Modi launched the AMRUT initiative along with the Smart Cities Mission in June 2015 as part of urban development schemes.

Ongoing AMRUT work by KDMC at 90 Feet Road


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