BMC approves extension of Mrinaltai Gore flyover
In the next two years, Mumbaikars will be able to drive without any traffic pause from the Western Express Highway to Link Road as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) cleared proposal to extend the Mrinaltai Gore flyover from Ram Mandir Road to Relief Road along SV Road in Goregaon (West). The proposal worth Rs 209 crore was cleared by the civic standing committee on Friday.
According to an official from the BMC’S Bridge department, the 840-metre-long flyover will be operationalised in the next two years, excluding monsoon. “The flyover will allow motorists to skip three traffic signals and cut travel time by at least 20 minutes,” said the official.
He added that there is a traffic congestion due to the signals, and the flyover will end this woe. The three traffic signals are located at Ram Mandir, SV Road and Relief Road junctions. The proposal was tabled during the weekly civic standing committee meeting which was cleared without any
opposition. “The extension of the flyover that will connect Western Express Highway straightaway to Link Road in Goregaon directly in the western suburbs,” said the official.
The existing 2.3-km-long flyover connecting the eastern and western parts of Goregaon was completed by the BMC in 2016. “The extension will eliminate three traffic signals for vehicles going towards the Link Road,” said the official.
The flyover was initially planned to be completed in 2012. But due to design issues, the proposal was put on hold. Senior civic officials including the civic chief visited the site before giving the project their go-ahead. Following the concerns that a pillar of the bridge on SV Road might increase traffic, the design was changed and the bridge department reduced the width of the flyover,to 15.5 metre.
File picture of Mrinaltai Gore flyover