If all goes according to plan the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) could be extended up to the Swami Vivekanand Road by December 2012. This means Mumbaiites travelling between the western and eastern suburbs will have a much smoother ride.
The 2-km extension of the road will be possible as the Western Railway has given permission for the construction of a road over bridge (ROB) over its tracks between Jogeshwari and Andheri stations.
For the last few months, officials from the Western Railway and the civic body have been conducting talks on permissions and cost-sharing pattern for this proposed six-lane ROB. The BMC has set aside Rs 50 crore for this 2-km ROB connecting JVLR with SV Road.
The WR and BMC have been having differences on the cost-sharing pattern for the entire project and it was finally decided that each would calculate its own estimates for the bridge.
“We will be spending Rs 20 crore to build the portion right above the tracks,” said a senior WR official, on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
“As per the plan we will start the road over bridge on SV Road on Jogeshwari west over the track and end it on the WEH. We are also looking at extending it up to Link Road,” said Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner.
The civic body has written to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) asking for consent for this ROB over the flyover intersecting JVLR on WEH. This has been done so that in case there are any plans of a metro rail on WEH in future then MMRDA should be prepared to construct on a third tier.
In May 2010, the BMC demolished 24 shanties, 57 commercial structures, 32 residential structures and eight cattle sheds along the JVLR, from Jogeshwari railway station to SV Road. This space will now be used to construct this extension.