Govin­d­wadi by­pass to open af­ter rains

Af­ter fac­ing nu­mer­ous hur­dles, the 1.6-km road is al­most com­plete and aims to unclog Kalyan (West)

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Sa­jana Nam­biar

KALYAN: The strug­gle to cross the con­gested, wa­ter­logged Shivaji Chowk in Kalyan (West) will con­tinue as Govin­d­wadi by­pass shows no sign of open­ing be­fore mon­soon.

The Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) had planned to make the by­pass op­er­a­tional and di­vert traf­fic at Shivaji Chowk by May-end. Now, the civic body claims that it will open the by­pass only af­ter the mon­soon as the work for the stretch is un­der progress, said KDMC com­mis­sioner E Ravendi­ran.

The al­ter­na­tive route will ease traf­fic in Kalyan (West) area. Dur­ing heavy rain, the en­tire stretch of the Pa­tri bridge-Shivaji Chowk-Dur­gadi bridge wit­nesses traf­fic snarls and wa­ter­log­ging. The by­pass, which con­nects Dom­bivli-Kalyan and Thane city, will di­vert heavy ve­hi­cles, de­con­gest­ing the stretch.

“We have de­cided to open it af­ter the mon­soon as rain will boost com­paction (den­si­fi­ca­tion) of the road,” added Ravendi­ran.

The project had been fac­ing hur­dles since it started in 2011. One of the ma­jor bot­tle­necks was a cow shed on the 1.6-km long stretch. The shed owner, re­luc­tant to hand over his prop­erty, had ap­proached the court. How­ever, the project got a push in Jan­uary, when the KDMC com­mis­sioner man­aged to con­vince the owner with proper com­pen­sa­tion.

On Jan­uary 1, four cow sheds and other struc­tures were de­mol­ished to make way for the by­pass. Fol­low­ing the tear­ing down, the KDMC set a May-end dead­line for the com­ple­tion of the work.

This was not the first dead­line, as since 2011, the civic body had failed to hon­our the sev­eral Mayend tar­gets.

The project was started by the Ma­ha­rash­tra State Road De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MSRDC) in 2011; how­ever, the cow shed is­sue ham­pered the work.

The work for the pend­ing 200 me­tres of the 1.6-km stretch is un­der­way.

“Dur­ing mon­soon, it is very dif­fi­cult to take the usual Shivaji Chowk stretch as some­times I get stuck in traf­fic for an hour. The round­about can­not han­dle the in­creas­ing num­ber of ve­hi­cles any­more. The by­pass should have been opened at least be­fore this mon­soon make the jour­ney has­sle-free,” said Man­ish Tri­pathi, 33, who drives through Shivaji Chowk daily to reach his work­place in Thane.

The by­pass starts from the Pa­tri bridge and leads to the Dur­gadi bridge in Kalyan (West). Ve­hi­cles at Shivaji Chowk, which is dot­ted with com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial struc­tures, will be di­verted from this by­pass.

Once the project is com­pleted, heavy ve­hi­cles at the Pa­tri to Dur­gadi bridges will be di­verted. It will also al­low com­muters to di­rectly con­nect to the Dur­gadi bridge with­out tak­ing the Shivaji Chowk route.

“We have at least two to three po­lice­men de­ployed at Shivaji Chowk dur­ing peak hours; how­ever, it does not curb the reg­u­lar traf­fic jams,” said a traf­fic po­lice, who did not wish to be named.


Govin­d­wadi by­pass in Kalyan will help ease traf­fic con­ges­tion on busy routes.

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