Jogeshwari rail overbridge’s extension is yet to see light of the day because of the alignment of the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority’s (MMRDA) Jogeshwari-Vikhroli link road (JVLR) metro corridor 5.
The extension is to stretch from Jogeshwari’s Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Care Hospital to Poonam Nagar junction on JVLR — same as the Metro corridor’s alignment. The civic body has drafted a preliminary design for the bridge’s extension and submitted it to the MMRDA to avoid any duplication.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had planned to float tenders for the project in October, 2015, but it is now waiting for the final nod from the MMRDA on Jogeshwari-Vikhroli link Road Metro corridor 5 (11km). The extension is likely to cost the BMC over Rs100 crore.
As both infrastructure projects have the same alignment, BMC had put forth a suggestion to the MMRDA to avoid withdrawal of the bridge extension plan. It proposed that the the bridge and metro line run on same pillars but at different elevations. A civic official, on request of anonymity, said, “We had suggested that both projects be on same pillar, 6 to 8 meters apart, but no decision has been taken yet.”
BMC’s initial plan was to connect Lokhandwala to JVLR, and the civic body had started connecting Jogeshwari (West) to East from SV Road to WEH. It took six years and Rs 300 crore to complete the work. The 3.5-km extension between SV Road and Poonam Nagar is expected to cut travel time to 10minutes from the present 30minutes during peak hours.
“We will have to go ahead with this bridge, as the construction for its extension has been half done,” said a civic official from the bridges department of the civic body, on condition of anonymity. “We will coordinate with the MMRDA and find a solution soon.”
This is not the first project to be hampered by metro corridors. Five flyovers planned from Andheri to Borivli link road have been affected because its alignment is the same as that of the DN Nagar-Dahisar Metro.