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Kharghar residents’ unique protest: ‘bad roads, no vote’

People agitating at the toll naka near Kamothe on Friday  

Navi Mumbai: Protesting against potholes on the Sion-Panvel Highway, a few residents of Kharghar demonstrated at the toll naka near Kamothe on Friday, with placards stating ‘bad roads, no vote’.

“We had come to know that PWD Minister Chandrakant Patil was passing by the road and hence we decided to stage a protest. Being morning hours, not many could join us and neither could we inform all as it was a sudden plan. We are planning to have a bigger agitation in coming days,” Deepak Singh, an RTI activist, said.

The residents have also formed a Facebook group, ‘Bad roads, No vote’, which has 615 members as of now. “On the Sion-Panvel Highway, as per my RTI, over 100 people have lost their lives and more than 250 accidents have occurred in the last two years. This road has become a horror with potholes, no proper street lights, no safety signboards, and no fencing at the median,” Mr. Singh said.

Seema Tank, a fashion designer and an animal activist, said, “We have to wait in queue to pay toll at Vashi, but nobody knows what is being done with the money. There are potholes in Vashi, Juinagar and Kopra due to which there is always a traffic snarl till Kharghar.”

Mr. Singh has also filed a PIL on the issue. “We just want the authorities to take a note of the condition of the bad roads all over and not just the highway. We hope Mr. Patil noticed our protest,” Ms. Tank said.


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