The road, which links Opera House with Kemps Corner and connects Peddar Road to the north, was shut for over a month after the August 5 landslide. It is currently open for south-bound traffic in the mornings and north-bound traffic in the evenings, leading to massive traffic snarls in all other roads in the area.
After the landslide, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the site twice and the BMC even appointed a committee headed by IIT-Bombay Professor DN Singh to suggest a solution to prevent further landslides at Malabar Hill.
However more than two months since the August 5 landslide, the BMC hasn’t begun work to prevent more landslides at Malabar Hill nor have road works begun. Work at Malabar Hill was to be in two parts. One was the road repair work at NS Patkar Marg and the larger slope stabilisation work of Malabar Hill was to be done after a detailed study.
Additional Municipal Commissioner P Velrasu had earlier said that tender for on repairing the road would be floated on October 5. However so far, officials said tenders have not been floated and repair works have not begun. “The duration of work would be around 18 months. Since the area is loose and land mass is still mobile, adequate structural design that could withstand seismic disturbances would be planned.” Velrasu had said.
It shows that there is no urgency at all,” alleged BJP corporator
An audit of the Hughes Road landslide described it as a ‘global slip circular failure’. “It’s a massive failure. Entire mass is moved towards the retaining wall. It’s a global slip circular failure.
Samajwadi Party MLA and Corporator Rais Shaikh said that the BMC must repair NS Patkar Marg on priority. “People have to travel an extra 5-6 kilometres just to get across this road. It takes over 40 minutes. This is the most important road in South Mumbai. Its repairs must be taken up on priority,” Shaikh said.