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Mumbai civic body finally takes up Andheri road widening work

Mumbai city news: The plan is to widen the Jogeshwai-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) extension and New Link Road by 120 feet, adding two more lanes, a sidewalk and a drain

mumbai Updated: Jul 19, 2017 00:44 IST
Geetanjali Gurlhosur
Workers demolish structures on New Linking Road.
Workers demolish structures on New Linking Road.(HT)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Friday started widening one of Mumbai’s most packed junctions, on New Linking Road in Andheri (West).

For you, this could mean less time spent in a traffic jam, especially at the junction opposite Infiniti Mall.

The plan is to widen the Jogeshwai-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) extension and New Link Road by 120 feet, adding two more lanes, a sidewalk and a drain. Widening work has also started on the SV Road opposite the Andheri railway station. But work at JP road, which has been congested ever since the Versova-Ghatkopar metro line was built over it, is yet to begin.

During the road work, the K-West ward office also took back 14,000 sqft of a BMC plot that has been allegedly encroached into by a developer rebuilding a housing society. One ward official said the plot had been reserved by the BMC since 2000 to widen the road .

For residents of the area, however, the road work should have started months ago.

“The BMC only takes action after getting a lot of complaints from citizens. Why did they have to wait till now?” said Hansel D’souza, a member of the Juhu Citizens Welfare Group.

An architect from the area, Nitin Killawala, said he the road-widening may not help much. “It could help provided traffic rules are followed and there are no potholes.”

Some residents said apart from the widening the roads, the BMC must also ensure cars don’t park there illegally.

Civic officials blamed the delay on hurdles that had to cleared before they could take up the work. Assistant municipal commissioner Prashant Gaikwad said, “The case (with the developer) has been in high court for more than a decade. This is the first time we have taken physical possession of the land. We will fence it and construct the road immediately.”