Don’t expect traffic snarls along the Eastern Express Highway to end anytime soon. Joints of the Amar Mahal flyover, which sustained damage on April 8, are still in the process of being repaired. This has led to the flyover’s north-bound carriageway being shut for vehicular traffic.
The Maharashtra government recently appointed an eight-member technical committee to look into the flyover’s slipped joints.
The committee, headed by Dr Ravi Sinha, professor of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), has been asked to suggest immediate and long-term measures to avoid such instances from recurring. It must submit a report to the state public works department (PWD) by the end of this month.
The committee comprises two former PWD secretaries, one retired chief engineer, a retired PWD superintendent, a professor from VJTI engineering college, the Maharashtra Engineering Training Academy’s joint director and a superintendent engineer of the pictorial board of Konkan Bhavan.
Constructed in 1995, the flyover connects Mumbai to Thane and Nashik.