The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC’s) plan to build five flyovers at junctions from Goregaon to Borivli, in order to ease traffic congestion in the western suburbs, is already in trouble. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has informed the civic body about its plan to build stations for the second phase of its Metro project, at the same junctions.
Last month, the BMC sent details of the project to the MMRDA, for its remarks. In a reply sent 10 days ago, the MMRDA informed the civic body about the stations it is planning to build on the Charkop-Dahisar underground metro route.
The proposed locations for metro stations coincide with those of the proposed flyovers. It is unlikely there will be space for flyovers, if the metro stations come up at the junctions.
HT had first reported about the BMC’s plan to construct a 13-km-long stretch with five flyovers, with multiple exits, along with a link road, in the western suburbs. With these flyovers, the BMC was hoping to reduce the travel time from Bangur Nagar in Goregaon to Don Bosco School in Borivli, to 20 minutes.
The civic body has already completed the feasibility study and estimated the cost of the project at around Rs328 crore. The flyovers were planned over the traffic junctions to avoid jams at Bangur Nagar and Mith Chowkie in Malad.
SO Kori, chief engineer of the bridge department, said, “We have received remarks from MMRDA about the upcoming Metro line. The sites for the five flyovers coincide with the sites for the proposed metro stations. Now, there is very little hope of going ahead with the project.”