Aiming to ease congestion at Veer Savarkar junction in Goregaon (West), the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to spend Rs. 27 crore to extend a flyover by just 300 metres.
While civic officials said the cost of the project is high due to technical reasons, experts have slammed the idea saying it would not make much difference.
The rail over bridge in Goregaon (West) which now connects the Veer Savarkar junction on the SV Road, will be extended towards the Link Road, as per the plan.
HT, on Monday, had reported in its Unclog Mumbai series how there is severe traffic congestion at the junction. According to the officials, the extension that will pass over SV Road and ease the bottleneck at the junction.
"It will also help in smoother connectivity between Western Express Highway (WEH) and Link Road. The cost of the project estimated is nominal as we are using steel base for pillars. This means that the project will be completed sooner," said SO Kori, chief engineer (bridges).
However if compared to other projects, the Kherwadi flyover, consisting of six lanes (580 metres in length) and is a bigger project than this, was constructed at the cost of Rs. 21 crore. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had executed the project and was completed in six months.
The extension of the Veer Savarkar flyover will be 4-lane road and is expected to be completed in a year since the construction begins, said civic officials.
"We received five bids in all but they were higher than the estimated cost. This is the lowest bid that we have chosen for the project," said an official from the bridges department.
Experts said such initiative only help in increasing the number of cars. "There is no long term perspective by the civic body to solve traffic woes. The extension of the flyover will only mean that congestion would shift to the next junction towards Link Road. Instead of spending crores of rupees in such initiative, there must be important policy decisions," said Prasad Shetty, an urbanist.