Buoyed by the city’s enthusiastic response to the Bandra-Worli Sealink and faced with criticism for not having a good traffic dispersal system in place, the state has set the ball rolling to start work on the Peddar Road flyover.
The earlier plan, which had not got environmental clearance, is now being modified.
The 4.7-km flyover, which will start at the Cadbury junction in Worli, is critical for effective dispersal of traffic coming from the sealink. Without either this flyover or the sealink between Haji Ali and Nariman Point, there will be severe traffic snarls as Peddar Road is one of the narrowest roads that connect the suburbs to the island city.
“We have asked a consultant to prepare an alternative plan to help us bypass problems at the Girgaum Chowpatty end,” Satish Gavai, vice-chairman and managing director of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), said. “We want to start work as soon as the monsoon ends.”
The MSRDC had proposed the flyover in 2000, but it had been in limbo after the plan was refused clearance as the flyover jutted seven metres into Girgaum Chowpatty. The project also faced opposition from Peddar Road residents. Singer Lata Mangeshkar had said it would violate their privacy and health.
The state is keen on the flyover as the alternative plan — a sealink from Haji Ali to Nariman Point — will take a long time and is capital-intensive.
“There’s no hope of starting the sealink in the coming decade. As a stop-gap measure, it makes sense to start with the Peddar Road flyover,” a senior MSRDC official said.