After old bridge shut, sec­ond Kalwa bridge choked with traf­fic

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Megha Pol

THANE: A day after the au­thor­i­ties closed the 153-year-old Kalwa bridge for traf­fic; chaos reigned on the ex­ist­ing bridge dur­ing the peak hours. The bridge which is al­ready prone to traf­fic jam was com­pletely jammed dur­ing the peak hours.

The traf fic de par tment claimed that the traf­fic con­ges­tion on the bridge has in­creased be­yond peak hours after the clo­sure of the old bridge.

The Kalwa bridge has been shut since Wednesday mid­night as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure after the col­lapse of the Ma­had bridge.

The bridge was used by au­torick­shaws and bikes and sev­eral times four-wheel­ers took the bridge in case of con­ges­tion on the new bridge.

San­deep Palave, deputy com­mis­sioner of traf­fic, said, “After the old Kalwa bridge shut, a huge over­load of ve­hi­cles was seen at the sec­ond Kalwa bridge. The jam was so huge that it started from Thane up to Vitawa sub­way and fur­ther along the Thane-Be­la­pur Road. We ex­pe­ri­ence traf­fic con­ges­tion on the bridge ev­ery day from 9.30am to 10.30am. On Thurs­day, the con­ges­tion was from 9am to 11.30am.”

This bridge is the only link be­tween Thane and Kalwa. It con­nects to Khare­gaon, Navi Mum­bai and Thane.

“The con­ges­tion on the bridge led to traf­fic in Khare­gaon, Man­isha Na­gar ar­eas of Kalwa and Court Naka, Ra­bodi and Civil Hospi­tal ar­eas of Thane. There is no al­ter­na­tive route for the res­i­dents and thus the con- ges­tion will con­tinue,” he added.

The res­i­dents said the pot­holes on the bridge add to the woes.

Shivaji Ra­jgude, 25, res­i­dent of Kal­wesh­war Na­gar, said, “To­day, most auto driv­ers re­fused to go to Thane from this bridge be­cause if the traf­fic. When I con­vinced an auto driver, it took 15 min­utes to reach from Kalwa Naka to the bridge which is only a minute away. It took me over 45 min­utes to cross the stretch.”

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