The Kherwadi flyover, which has been lying on paper for the past several years, cleared a major hurdle last week after the traffic police department gave permission for its construction.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) received the go-ahead for the Rs. 21-crore project on April 18. The MMRDA had awarded a contract for construction of the 580-metre long flyover to J Kumar Company in January, but could not start work as it did not have the permission from the traffic police.
“We approached the traffic police about two months ago and they have given us permission to construct the flyover. As we have already awarded a contract, the work can start soon,” said Dilip Kawathkar, joint project director, MMRDA.
The 2.5-km stretch from Kalanagar Junction to Vakola flyover sees major traffic snarls as traffic from both sides come to halt at the Kherwadi junction signal. A four-to-five minute ride ends up taking as long as half-an-hour during peak hours.
The six-lane flyover, which will start about 100-metres after Kalanagar flyover and end at Government Polytechnic college, will ensure smooth dispersal of vehicles, which will reduce travel time significantly.
However, the MMRDA is not likely to start construction before October. “The rains will start in the next two months. The traffic police have given us permission till May end, which will have to be extended,” said an MMRDA official, requesting anonymity.
The traffic police had to study the traffic pattern at Kherwadi junction before granting permission as they feared the construction could cause huge inconvenience to commuters. In order to reduce problem, it will be constructed in two phases.
The contractor is expected to finish construction within 18 mon-ths from the date of commencement of actual construction.