Work on Kalwa bridge starts, no-en­try rules for heavy ve­hi­cles

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Shashikant Kothekar ■ shashikant.kothekar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Work on the third Kalwa bridge over Thane creek has fi­nally started.

The Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (TMC) will spend Rs185 crore to build the 2.4-km bridge.

Only pedes­tri­ans and twowheel­ers are al­lowed to use the first Kalwa bridge built in 1918.

The Thane traf­fic po­lice have now barred en­try for heavy ve­hi­cles on the se­cond Kalwa bridge from 7am to 11pm.

“The work will be com­pleted in 30 months. We have banned heavy ve­hi­cles for a smooth com­ple­tion of work,” said a TMC en­gi­neer.

The se­cond bridge was built by TMC in 1995-96. The fourlane bridge is over­crowded with ve­hi­cles. “Dur­ing the day, there is heavy traf­fic on the bridge. The Kalwa bridge is the only con­nect­ing route to Navi Mum­bai. State Trans­port and NMMT, TMT buses ply on the bridge, mak­ing it congested and busy,” said sources from the traf­fic po­lice.

The will con­tinue till bridge work is com­pleted.

The heavy ve­hi­cles can use Mum­bra by­pass-Khare­gaon toll naka to Nashik or Ahmed­abad high­way and East­ern Ex­press High­way- Anand Na­gar toll plaza to Mu­lund-Airoli Road.

“Kalwa junc­tion sees 7,000 ve­hi­cles ev­ery day. Af­ter the ban on heavy ve­hi­cles on the road, we hope the traf­fic will re­duce by 3,000 ve­hi­cles. This will help the con­struc­tion work,” said a traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cer.

PRA­FUL GANGURDE

TMC has started build­ing the third Kalwa bridge over Thane creek

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