Af­ter four years, work be­gins on Govin­d­wadi by­pass road

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sajana Nam­biar sajana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­

The 1.6 km Govin­d­wadi by­pass project, which has been de­layed for four years, is fi­nally aim­ing to com­plete work in June.

Work on a stretch of 200 me­tres of the road faced a hur­dle be­cause of four cow sta­bles, whose owner had re­fused to shift.

Af­ter a long face-off with the Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) over re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, the stable owner has agreed to move. The land ac­qui­si­tion has paved way for the com­ple­tion of the project.

“We will com­plete the de­mo­li­tion work, which started on Fri­day, in two days. The work for the by­pass will start af­ter that,” said E Ravendi­ran, KDMC com­mis­sioner.

The Govin­d­wadi by­pass project, started in 2011 by the Ma­ha­rash­tra State Road De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MSRDC), had to be stalled as the stable owner moved court over the mat­ter, de­lay­ing the project.

The four cow sta­bles along with 25 other struc­tures built for the work­ers will be de­mol­ished in the next two days.

“Af­ter the struc­tures are de­mol­ished, the project work will start im­me­di­ately. We ex­pect to com­plete the en­tire stretch by June,” said a MSRDC of­fi­cial on con­di­tion of anonymity.

“The civic body has de­layed the project for al­most four years. Peo­ple have been de­mand­ing the by­pass for a long time,” said San­jay Mane, 43, a res­i­dent of Bail Bazaar in Kalyan (West).

The com­pleted por­tion of the by­pass road. RISHIKESH CHAUD­HURY

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