BMC ap­proves ex­ten­sion of Mrinal­tai Gore fly­over

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Amit Srivastava amit.srivastava@dnain­dia.net

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.

—DNA

File pic­ture of Mrinal­tai Gore fly­over

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