As a part of its long-term strategy to decongest the Kalanagar junction in Bandra (East), the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has planned the construction of three flyovers and a link road. MMDRA will invite tenders for their construction next month.
MMRDA commissioner UPS Madan said, “We are waiting for CRZ (coastal regulation zone) clearance, which is expected next month. We will invite tenders after that.”
After Hindustan Times highlighted the severe traffic problems at the junction in its Unclog Mumbai series in 2013, MMRDA had implemented several low-cost measures, which reduced traffic congestion substantially.
Although tenders will be invited for all three flyovers, they will be built in phases to minimise inconvenience to commuters. MMDRA, which is headed by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, had approved the project in November last year.
The first flyover will have two lanes and allow commuters travelling from the Bandra-Kulra Complex (BKC) junction towards the sea link to skip both the BKC and Kalanagar junctions. A second two-lane flyover will be for traffic from the sea link towards BKC. Both will stretch from the southern end of the Kalanagar flyover on the Western Express Highway to BKC junction.
A third flyover will begin as two separate sections, one from just before the Mithi River bridge on Sion-Dharavi Link Road and the other from BKC junction. These two-lane sections will merge into a single three-lane elevated road above the existing Kalanagar flyover (and the other two proposed flyovers) before ending at Kherwadi junction.
In addition, a road about 300 metres long and 12 feet wide will be built on the excise department’s land to ensure smooth dispersal of traffic going from Dharavi to Mahim and the sea link.
At present, the stretch between Kalanagar and BKC junctions sees crippling jams during peak hours as traffic merges there from five directions.