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Barricades put up for Metro work worsens traffic in western suburbs

Barricades put up along the entire stretch from Borivli to Oshiwara have blocked one of the three lanes on either side of Link Road.

mumbai Updated: Feb 26, 2017 00:03 IST
Farhan Sheikh
Traffic congestion caused by the barricades on Link Road on Saturday.
Traffic congestion caused by the barricades on Link Road on Saturday.(Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

Barricades put up for construction of new lines for the Mumbai Metro has worsened the already poor traffic situation in the western suburbs.

Traffic on Link Road — which until now provided some relief to motorists — has slowed to a crawl.

Barricades put up along the entire stretch from Borivli to Oshiwara have blocked one of the three lanes on either side of Link Road.

Senior inspector at DN Nagar traffic division C Thale said, “The area experiences a little congestion during peak hours. We, however, deployed traffic constables whenever there is a build-up of vehicles.”

According to the police, as Link Road is broader than its surrounding roads, traffic there never comes to a complete halt.

Another traffic official said, “The Metro construction work has increased travel time by a few minutes for some motorists as gaps in the median have also been blocked at various spots.”

“Various construction projects are currently underway along the stretch and due to the overlap of both the road and metro construction work, the flow of traffic is affected,” said an officer.

According to MMRDA officials, work on the metro corridor is likely to be completed by 2019.

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