After opening the Suman Nagar flyover, which will clear the traffic bottleneck for vehicles heading from the city to Navi Mumbai, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) now plans on providing the same comfort to vehicles headed to the city from Navi Mumbai.
The MSRDC has decided to expedite work on the expansion of the road at Suman Nagar junction which witnesses chronic traffic jams.
The four-lane road which brings traffic from Navi Mumbai gets tapered to a two-lane one due to the presence of a railway over-bridge. The road can be widened only after demolishing the embankments of the bridge over which a much-used train line runs.
The Central Railway had earlier denied permission to stop traffic on the stretch, and the project was in a limbo. The MSRDC had also tried to use the box pushing technique to widen the road, but the proposal failed.
The corporation now says that it has had advanced talks with the railways, which has promised to allow traffic blocks of 10 hours. MSRDC is hoping that three 10-hour railway blocks will help it complete the project, which will create a new lane for traffic for vehicles coming from Navi Mumbai.“We are hopeful that the project will be completed by March 2012,” a senior MSRDC official said.
Once complete, commuters coming from Navi Mumbai will not have to stop at Suman Nagar junction and will be able to use the new lane to head straight to Sion.