THANE: Potholes have become the order of the day in the city and motorists have to bear the brunt of it. Motorists driving in and out of the lake city had a harrowing time on Saturday morning after they were stuck in traffic for hours together at . Vehicles were moving at a snails pace and the traffic was right up till Anand Nagar toll naka. Motorists travelling to Thane from Mumbai were also not spared as there was traffic on the other opposite lane as well. The jam began at 11am and went up till 2pm.
Motorists took over an hour to complete a 1.5km journey due to the jam. “It was a nightmare sitting inside the cab for over an hour as there was no way to avoid the traffic. A huge line of trucks entering the city blocked the access roads and the narrow Kopri bridge added to the choas. One could not even take a detour or use the service road on the opposite lane as even those lanes were jammed,” said Jennifer Fernandes who was travelling from Mumbai to Thane on Saturday morning.

Officials from the traffic police department said that the vehicular movement had slowed down due to the pothole-ridden roads. Even the pothole filling up work which was underway was affected due to the traffic jam, an official said.

“Due to the potholes, motorists had to manoeuvre their vehicles slowly. To add to the motorists woes, the road repair work was also taking place. So, major portion of the road was occupied by these workers. The filling up of potholes on the Teen Haath Naka flyover led to opening up of only one lane for traffic. We had asked the authorities to carry out work on Saturday and Sunday as there is less vehicular traffic and schools, colleges and most offices are closed. But as the Mumbra bypass is shut, heavy vehicles use the internal city routes to commute, due to this the traffic flow has increased,” said Vinod Shinde, sub-inspector at the traffic department.

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