Residents of Mohammed Ali Road, who are suffering because of a leakage in the JJ flyover, may get some relief in the next three months.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), alarmed by the constant complains by the citizens about the leakage, has now decided to undertake repair work on the structure by installing new storm water drains at a cost of `30 lakh.
“We have been receiving complains about the incessant leakage and seepage at the JJ flyover. So we have now decided to install new storm water drains on it,” a senior MSRDC official said, requesting anonymity.
Motorists, too, had been complaining about the water seepage from the flyover, which had heightened during the monsoons. The water, which falls at high force from certain points of the flyover, creates problems for pedestrians as well as motorists who park their vehicles below it. “It is a very sorry state of affairs which is causing hardship to pedestrians and motorists alike,” claims Shahbaz Dalvi, a resident of JJ Marg area. The MSRDC will also be strengthening the structure by laying a fresh bitumen layer on the flyover. The nine-year-old 2.5km-long flyover, named after Sufi saint Maqdoom Shah Baba Mahimi, connects Ambedkar Road to south Mumbai.
It winds over 23 junctions and reduces travel time from south Mumbai to central parts of Mumbai from 40 minutes to around eight minutes.
Completed in 2002, the Rs100 crore flyover, also the longest in Mumbai, sees nearly 60,000 vehicles plying on its surface daily.
Recently, the traffic police had banned plying of two-wheelers on the flyover after rise in number of two-wheeler accidents was reported.