Need to travel between CST and Churchgate? Then you are going to face serious traffic issues as the road connectivity between the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Churchgate will be hit for nearly a week from Friday.
The Veer Nariman Road, which connects Fountain (near Fort) and Churchgate, has been shut for traffic as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is creating a new tunnel for a water pipeline.
“Currently, work is going on to connect the two water mains near Cross Maidan area. So, we have to close the road,” a civic official from water department of the A-ward said.
Many people travelling from CST, Old Custom House, and Fort towards Churchgate station, Mantralaya, or Marine Drive take this important road. At present, the traffic can move one way, towards CST.
The BEST buses have already been instructed to change their routes. “We have to follow the route given to us by the traffic police as long as the work goes on. We would place pamphlets near bus stops at CST to inform commuters about the change in routes,” said a senior BEST official.
People taking BEST buses from CST to Churchgate have to get down at Fountain and walk all the way to the railway station.
“The buses head straight towards the high court and then takes a left towards Colaba. So, now there is no bus that goes till Churchgate station,” said Radhika Sharma, whose office is at Nariman Point.
The black-and-yellow taxis too won't touch Churchgate station and have to come all the way around Mantralaya. The taxi stand that used to be near the Churchgate station has shifted near Fashion Street.
“We have informed our members about the diversion,” said Nitin Dossa of Western India Automobile Association.
This Malabar Hill to Cross Maidan water tunnel will help augment water supply in south Mumbai, especially areas such as Kalbadevi, Colaba, Cuffe Parade and Nariman Point.
"The road excavation work has been started and there are two-three lines which has to join," said an official. RB Bambale, hydraulic engineer of BMC, refused to comment on this issue.