` 500-crore fly­over pro­posed at Karal Phata to han­dle port rush

The pro­ject will en­sure that traf­fic flows with­out the hur­dle of traf­fic sig­nals

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

URAN: The Na­tional High­ways Au­thor­ity of In­dia (NHAI) has pro­posed the con­struc­tion of a Rs500 crore multi-grade sep­a­ra­tor fly­over at Karal Phata in Uran.

The area wit­nesses huge traf­fic snarls due to the traf­fic of around 8,000 heavy ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling to and fro JNPT ev­ery day apart from the light ve­hi­cles in the area that is grow­ing rapidly. The pro­posed fly­over is ex­pected to en­sure smooth traf­fic in the Karal Phata re­gion.

Work on the pro­ject has be­gun with the area be­ing cleaned and the land be­ing in­spected.

In 1989, at the time of con­struc­tion of JNPT, the Karal Phata bridge was con­structed on the rail­way tracks. The JNPT was the only con­tainer port at the time in the area and hence the traf­fic too was lim­ited.

How­ever, over the years not only did JNPT wit­ness a huge rise in busi­ness but pri­vate ter­mi­nals NSICT and GTO too came up in the re­gion. Presently, work is on at NSICT for yet an­other 330-m long port. The en­tire port’s han­dling ca­pac­ity has reached 50 lakh con­tain­ers an­nu­ally.

NHAI pro­ject of­fi­cer Prashant Phegde said, “The in­creased ca­pac­ity of the present port has re­sulted in the ex­ist­ing Karal Phata bridge which con­nects the three ports be­ing in­ad­e­quate to man­age the huge rush of traf­fic.”

He added, “With the work on new port pro­gress­ing and ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2019, the han­dling ca­pac­ity of the port will dou­ble to 1 crore con­tain­ers in a year. This will re­sult in traf­fic in the area mul­ti­ply­ing man­i­fold.”

Phegde said, “Tak­ing this into con­sid­er­a­tion, JNPT, Cidco and NHAI took a de­ci­sion on the con­struc­tion of the fly­over that will cost Rs500 crore.”

Phegde said that the fly­over would be ready in two years.

“Not only will it rid the area of reg­u­lar traf­fic snarls, but also en­sure that traf­fic flows with­out the hur­dle of traf­fic sig­nals,” he said.

He added: “The fly­over de­sign will be like that of a flower and it will in fact be­come a land­mark of the area. The main ob­jec­tive is man­ag­ing the huge traf­fic and pro­vid­ing re­lief to the mo­torists and lo­cal res­i­dents.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The Karal Phata in Uran

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