For the past two years, Kherwadi flyover had become synonymous with traffic snarls. So, now that the flyover has been thrown open to public, with a lot of expectations, I decided to travel from the Dahisar toll booth to Nariman Point on Monday morning.
The start was great. At 9.30am, I took a taxi, and within nine minutes, we reached Kandivli. But I knew the real test was at two points — the stretch near the Kandivli flyover and the international airport.
And, as expected, we got stuck near the former for around 10 minutes. Dragging at a speed of 20 km an hour, we reached the Dindoshi flyover. The movement here, too, was slow, until we reached the start of the Aarey flyover. In an hour, I had reached Vile Parle.
But we were soon reaching the second important destination on the route.
At the stretch near the airport, the traffic almost came to a standstill.
By 11am, I had crossed the western express highway and we were now heading towards the Bandra-Worli sea link. Moving ahead, we got stuck at the Haji Ali junction for more than 10 minutes —the longest halt in the journey.
While we covered the 23.55-km road to Bandra in 1.15 minutes, it took us 55 minutes to go from Atria Mall to Nariman Point, an 8-km stretch.
The Peddar Road, the four-lane road divided by plastic barricades, slowed down the traffic movement considerably. We somehow waded through it, only to get stuck near the Babulnath temple.
The verdict: Although the 2-hour ride was far from perfect, the travel along the stretch has become much smoother.
(This is a first person account)