` 500-crore flyover proposed at Karal Phata to handle port rush
The project will ensure that traffic flows without the hurdle of traffic signals
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.”
The Karal Phata in Uran