In three years, a Bandra Kurla Complex-Western Expressway link road in Mumbai to ease jams
A 1.7-km link road will soon connect the Western Express Highway to business hub Bandra-Kurla Complex. The Rs200-crore project is expected to ease congestion on the busy highway between the city and the suburbs.mumbai Updated: Oct 14, 2016 00:43 IST
A 1.7-km link road will soon connect the Western Express Highway to business hub Bandra-Kurla Complex. The Rs200-crore project is expected to ease congestion on the busy highway between the city and the suburbs.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) said the road — starting at the Asian Heart Institute, passing through the Mumbai University and joining the Vakola flyover on WEH — will be built in three years.
Tenders will be invited after a chief secretary-led executive panel approves the project, a senior MMRDA official said. “We are going to propose the link road before the committee in a meeting. We expect the road will be ready in three years,” the official said.
While this new road connects the western highway to BKC, the MMRDA has already started building a link road connecting BKC with the Eastern Express Highway (EEH). A contractor has been appointed for the construction of a 3.5-km long flyover on the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR). Authorities said this will help ease traffic snarls on the highway to the LBS road stretch, especially at the entry point of BKC from Kurla. The flyover and link road will meet at the Vakola junction.
Sources said if these two new connectors reduced congestion at the entry point of BKC near Kalanagar, MMRDA will drop its plan to construct a flyover from BKC to Kherwadi under its Kalanagar decongestion plan.
MMRDA has started acquiring 3.3ha of land inside the MU campus, where pillars from the link road and SCLR flyover will be constructed. The body needs 1.8 ha for the link road along the Vakola nullah, while the remaining 1.5 ha will be used for the flyover.
The Mumbai University is set to earn more than Rs200 crore through Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) of 66,000 sqm it received as compensation.
MMRDA has also planned four connectors to the flyover SCLR in Kalina, which will make travel for those going to Mumbai University hassle-free. There will be total four ramps near the University, which can be used by commuters to travel on either side of the SCLR.