Measures to decongest Durgadi bridge
THANE: The traffic congestion on the Durgadi bridge may show some sign of relief in the coming days, said the new Thane traffic commissioner.
The traffic department claims to have initiated measures to decongest the junctions in the city. Durgadi is one of them.
Hindustan Times had highlighted the traffic problems on Durgadi bridge in monsoon. The traffic on the bridge stretches up to 2 kms on both the sides of the two-lane bridge that connects Kalyan to Mumbai-Nashik Highway.
Sandeep Palave, deputy commissioner of police, traffic, said, “The two-lane bridge has no divider and vehicles enter any lane during a jam, worsening the situation. We will request the authority to construct a divider between the two lanes.”
The department will also provide walkie talkies to the traffic cops manning the bridge.
“We have asked the traffic cops at the junctions not to make any lane wait for more than two minutes. We have realised that in case of a heavy jam, the traffic cops try to leave one lane for over 15 minutes to decongest it. Motorists do not want to be stuck at one point for 15 minutes. The cops will have to coordinate on their walkie talkie and leave a different lane.”
Palave said they are studying the traffic movement on the bridge to implement additional traffic regulatory measures.
The department will also be decongesting the Kalwa Naka, Kopri and Majiwada junctions. Apart from regulating traffic the department has also started reclaiming the roads at the junction. “We have requested the civic authority to remove debris from the corner of the roads along Kalwa and Majiwada junctions so that one more lane can be free for traffic. We have also targeted illegal parking at the junctions to give more space for vehicles,” Palave said.
Th two-lane bridge that connects Kalyan to Mumbai-Nashik Highway.