The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has decided to take over the Sion Panvel highway stretch that passes through the city.
A proposal has been prepared by the administration and presented in the general body meeting. Once approved, it will be sent to the government for final approval.
The road is under public works department (PWD) and the NMMC had to approach it to seek permission for beautification of the road for the FIFA U-17 tournament.
Speaking on the administration’s plan, municipal commissioner Ramaswamy N said, “We faced a lot of problems for our beautification projects for the FIFA tournament.”
The NMMC had to seek permission for the side strip beautification and for the repair of three subways which are in a bad shape.
The work to repair and restore them is on.
NMMC Chief Ramaswamy said, “If we get the around 9-km stretch of the highway from Belapur to Vashi, we can ensure its cleanliness and top shape as we have done with other roads in the city.”
If the stretch comes under NMMC, it would be maintained better. After the vital highway was filled with potholes during monsoon, the Sion-Panvel Tollways Private Limited — the agency which had been managing the road — refused to repair it. The PWD had to take up the repair work.
The NMMC Chief said, “Just as we maintain the other roads in the city, we will study the stretch and take corrective action. Bus stops will be built wherever they are required, including the long-distance private buses, on the highway side.”
Saying that the NMMC has started beautifying the SionPanvel highway after taking permission from PWD, he added: “Once we take over the road, more projects can be taken up. We can also decide on concretising areas where there is heavy vehicle traffic as we have done near Turbhe naka.”
Ramaswamy said that the NMMC has already approved Rs43 lakh for the subway repair. “The rest will be worked out when we approach the government. The road maintenance is likely to cost Rs10 to Rs12 crore annually.”