21st May, 2018
When contacted Amit Kale, deputy commissioner of police, Thane traffic, says that heavy vehicles are not allowed during peak hours. As a result, Thanekars want heavy vehicles including trucks and buses to be banned from Thane roads during peak hours. "And I cannot think of commuting by train during peak hours as even the first class compartment is heavily crammed up," he adds. However, he added, "We cannot stop buses as they are a means of public transport and trucks are not heavy vehicles." "I took the issue to Thane traffic police, but I didn't receive any response," he adds.
As if the closure of Mumbra bypass was not enough, now work of Mumbai Metro has added to traffic snarls on the road.
As a result, Thanekars want heavy vehicles including trucks and buses to be banned from Thane roads during peak hours.
The traffic police, however, maintains that while heavy vehicles are not allowed, they cannot stop trucks and buses from plying on city roads. Anand Mathur (name changed) works as a senior executive in a Prabhadevi firm and stays in Kandivli.
His daily commute by car from Kandivali to office has now extended to three-and-a-half to four hours due to ongoing metro work.
As a result, he now commutes via Ghodbunder (GB) road of Thane.
"The heavy vehicles occupy the first lane on the Eastern Express Highway, leading to traffic jams," he says.
Source : www.nyoooz.com