Travellers frequenting the Western Express Highway and western suburbs, particularly between Andheri and Dahisar, need to brace for more traffic snarls from Monday, as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Developing Authority (MMRDA) plans to barricade the roads for construction of the Metro 7 corridor.
Three contractors are going to barricade a one kilometre stretch each at three different locations. M/s Simplex will barricade the stretch from Hub Mall to the beginning of Aarey flyover; M/s J Kumar will barricade between Pathanwadi and Pushpa Park; while M/s NCC will do it between Metro Mall and Devipada.
The planning and developing authority for Mumbai Metropolitan Region further added that the barricading work will take about 10 to 12 days after which utility wrenching will begin on around August 20.
MMRDA is building the elevated corridor between Andheri (East) and Dahisar (East). The estimated cost for this project is Rs 6200 crore. It will have 30 stations.
The corridor is expected to severely affect traffic movement on Western express highway and western suburbs. According to commuters, in normal traffic conditions, it takes at least 1.30 to 2.30 hours to travel from Bandra to Dahisar via Western Express Highway. Barricading of a total of three kilometres is expected to bring down the speed of traffic, leading to the rise in travel time.
Taking this into consideration, MMRDA appealed to citizens to cooperate with them. “We request people to cooperate with us to complete this mega project in time, which will relieve traffic congestion on WEH. The corridor will also save time, energy, fuel and improve environment”, said Pravin Darade, additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.