WEH’S crawl of fame may end, your com­mute time likely to re­duce soon GREEN NOD FOR BAN­DRA TO SEA LINK CON­NEC­TOR

Plans to bring av­er­age speed of ve­hi­cles on high­way to 30kmph from cur­rent 8-12kmph

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO -

THE HIGH­WAY

It starts from Dahisar toll naka and ex­tends up to Mahim junc­tion

It is a cru­cial road city and car­ries a huge load of traf­fic The pro­ject aims to pro­vide smooth traf­fic flow with sig­nal-free junc­tions and ac­cess-con­trolled road

Length

Width: Range of 76.2m to 61m Lanes: 5 + 5 (10 lanes) on the main car­riage­way Ser­vice road:

2+2 (4 lanes)

Ser­vice road length:

Daily use

pas­sen­ger car units (PCUS)

San­tacruz Mahim junc­tion Dahisar toll naka

Borivli

Malad

Gore­goan

Jo­gesh­wari

Vile Parle

IT HAS

fly­overs

ma­jor bridges

mi­nor bridges

pedes­trian un­der­passes

ve­hic­u­lar un­der­passes (sub­ways)

road-over bridge (ROB) MUMBAI : The Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s (BMC) plan to build a new road con­nect­ing Ban­dra to the sea link re­ceived a nod from the Ma­ha­rash­tra Coastal Zone Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (MCZMA) on Fri­day. The new road will re­duce traf­fic snarls out­side Lilavati Hos­pi­tal, one of the busiest junc­tions in Ban­dra (West).

Cur­rently, there are two ways to en­ter and exit Ban­dra — through SV Road via Jama Masjid and KC Road in front of Lilavati hos­pi­tal. The road along Rang­sharda Ho­tel at Ban­dra West leads to a dead end (nul­lah) be­fore the sea link. The civic body has come up with a third al­ter­na­tive – a 120-meter-long two-way ramp over the nul­lah so the road along Rang­sharda Ho­tel can meet the sea link – which has got the green nod. The ten­ders for the pro­ject were floated ear­lier this month, sub­ject to en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ances. The es­ti­mated cost of the pro­ject is ₹3 crore.

In the ab­sence of the con­nec­tor, mo­torists from near Rang­sharda ho­tel take a de­tour of 1.5km. The traf­fic snarls in­crease the travel time by 22 to 25 min­utes, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial from the roads depart­ment who is work­ing on the pro­ject. In 2016, the civic body de­mol­ished about 500 huts and re­claimed the land along the nul­lah be­side Rang­sharda ho­tel. “It has taken two years for green clear­ances to come through. The pro­posal will now been sent to the En­vi­ron­ment Im­pact As­sess­ment Com­mit­tee for fi­nal ap­proval and will start in two months,” said Sharad Ughade, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of H-west ward. Ashish She­lar, BJP MLA from the area said, “This pro­ject will re­duce traf­fic congestion by 40%.”

EESHANPRIYA M S

SATYABRATA TRIPATHY/HT PHOTO

Heavy traf­fic on the West­ern Ex­press High­way at Jo­gesh­wari on Fri­day. The ser­vice roads are utilised for park­ing and en­croached upon by ad­join­ing shops, which should be stopped, say ex­perts.

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