From this Sunday, you won’t have to dread the Kherwadi junction peak hour traffic. The north-bound stretch of the Kherwadi flyover will be opened to public, making commute on the Western Express Highway (WEH) free of traffic signals.
The south-bound stretch has been operational since June last year.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had finished the north-bound side in the first week of this month, but it could not be opened to traffic because the election code of conduct for the Bandra (east) by-poll was in effect.
“The flyover will be inaugurated by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday morning and be opened for traffic,” said UPS Madan, MMRDA commissioner.
Fadnavis will also lay the foundation stone for the BKC- Chunabhatti elevated road on the same day, Madan said.
In an unusual development for city infrastructure, MMRDA completed the construction of the north stretch of Kherwadi flyover before the deadline of April-end.
The Kherwadi junction is one of the worst nightmares of city motorists at present. Huge jams can be witnessed on the stretch between the junction and the sea-link during evening peak hours, as the north-bound traffic comes to a standstill.
Opening of the north-bound side will make travel on the WEH significantly smoother, as you will be able to skip all traffic signals between the sea-link and Dahisar check-naka.
Citizens can expect major relief on another of the city’s congested stretches – around the Bandra Kural Comlex (BKC) – after the 1.6-km BKC-Chunabhatti elevated road is constructed.
With this, commuters from the eastern suburbs, Thane and Navi Mumbai will be able to skip the highly congested Sion-Dharavi Link road to reach the BKC. In addition, the travel time from Sion to BKC will be reduced to just five minutes from the current 20 to 45 minutes during peak hours.