Govin­d­wadi by­pass project to be ready by May

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

KALYAN: Four years af­ter the Govin­d­wadi by­pass work was started, the Kalyan- Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) has set a May dead­line for its com­ple­tion.

Once com­pleted, the road will ease traf­fic con­ges­tion in Kalyan which has wors­ened since the work started in 2011.

The civic body said it would com­plete the project by May and open it to the pub­lic.

“Af­ter the ma­jor de­mo­li­tion work in Jan­uary, we have sped up work to com­plete the en­tire stretch. It is ex­pected to be com­pleted by May,” said E Ravendi­ran, KDMC com­mis­sioner.

How­ever, this is not the first dead­line set by the civic body for the project. Ev­ery year, it sets a dead­line be­fore mon­soon but fails to meet it.

“This time we have re­moved the hur­dles that cause the de­lay in the project,” added Ravendi­ran.

Four cow sta­bles on the 1.6 km by­pass was a hur­dle to the project as the owner re­fused to shift. Af­ter a long le­gal tus­sle, the stable owner moved out af­ter he was given re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

On Jan­uary 1, four cow sta­bles along with sev­eral other struc­tures where work­ers lived were de­mol­ished, paving the way for the project. The civic body de­mol­ished around 25 struc­tures on the stretch.

The Govin­d­wadi by­pass project was started in 2011 by the Ma­ha­rash­tra State Road De­vel­op­ment Cor po­ra­tion (MSRDC) how­ever it could not com­plete the work for en­tire stretch due to the cow stable mat- ter. The civic body had failed to re­move the cow stable since the project started and this de­layed the project. The work for 200 me­tres out of the 1.6 km stretch which was pend­ing is un­der progress.

“The by­pass project would have been com­pleted long back if the civic body could have re­moved the struc­tures on time. It got re­moved re­cently and we are work­ing on the project now in full swing,” said an MSRDC of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity.

This by­pass road is a di­ver­sion road start­ing from Pa­tri Pool and con­nect­ing to Dur­gadi Bridge in Kalyan (West).

The by­pass project would have been com­pleted long back if the civic body could have re­moved the struc­tures on time. It got re­moved re­cently and we are work­ing on the project now in full swing. MSRDC OF­FI­CIAL

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