Be more "serious" about potholes on Mumbai-Nashik Expressway, says Bombay HC to the state government

The HC on Friday asked the government to ensure that no lives are lost due to poor road conditions and potholes. The bench observed that the concerned agencies must make efforts to resolve the issue.

Be more "serious" about potholes on Mumbai-Nashik Expressway, says Bombay HC to the state government

The Bombay High Court on Friday, September 24 asked the Centre and Maharashtra government to be serious about the potholes issue on the Mumbai-Nashik Expressway and other highways in Maharashtra.

A lot of people are losing lives due to the poor condition of the road. The court has asked them to make collective efforts and ensure that no lives are lost.

The Mumbai-Nashik Expressway is a toll road in which passengers pay Rs.120 on a nearly 100-km stretch for a one-way journey.

On Friday, a division bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish S Kulkarni raised concerns over the poor road condition and potholes because of which lives are lost.

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Reportedly, Chief Justice Dutta has told the state Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni "to ask the state government to be a bit more serious about this," adding that precious lives are being lost.

Nashik Guardian Minister Chaggan Bhujpal had recently warned senior officials of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and PWD that if the poor condition of the highway is not repaired soon, he will take action.

The bench also mentioned that last week it was brought to their notice about the similar problem of the poor condition of roads of Mumbai-Goa Highway. The Mumbai-Goa road widening work is already underway.

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As per reports, the court has asked the state government and NHAI to come together and resolve the Mumbai-Nashik Expressway.

The further hearing on the issue will take place on October 4. The court will hear the response from Kumbhakoni and Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh for the Centre concerning the steps taken by the authorities.

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