Despite CM’s assurances, traffic continues to crawl on Mumbai-Nashik highway

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TWO BOTTLENECKS of Saket bridge and Thane creek bridge in Thane district have been creating heavy backlog on both sides of the Mumbai-Nashik highway, leaving commuters stuck sometimes for over an hour on this stretch between Thane and Bhiwandi. Incidentally, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde last Friday took a boat ride from Bhiwandi to Dombivali to avoid traffic jams.

Over a month ago, The Indian Express had reported on the issue that has continued to persist. In July, Shinde had asked the concerned agencies, i.e; Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), and Traffic police to take adequate measures to fill potholes in Thane, Bhiwandi and other areas in Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

However, travelling on this stretch is a nightmare still. Vilas Bhosle, who travelled from Thane to Nashik on Wednesday by Mumbai-Nashik road, had to spend over an hour just to cross Thane due to the traffic near Saket bridge and on the highway. “The road is in such a bad condition that even if there aren’t any accidents, we are stuck in a jam. The government is not able to help us in any manner even after repeated complaints.”

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