Aiming to ease traffic at the SV Road junction in Goregaon, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to spend Rs 32 crore, to build a 458-metre extension of the Veer Savarkar Bridge.
The extension, in the form of a four-lane flyover, will pass over SV Road and is expected to ease congestion caused by the bottleneck at the junction. The proposal for the extension will be tabled before the standing committee meeting for approval on Friday.
HT had earlier reported on the extravagance of the project, with a budget of Rs 32 crore. For instance, the Kherwadi flyover, which is a bigger project with its six lanes and 580-metre length, was constructed at a cost of Rs 21 crore.
Civic officials have cited technical causes for the high cost of the project. Once the flyover is built, motorists travelling through the stretch can avoid the SV Road signal, and take the bridge instead, to avoid traffic. The area witnesses heavy traffic, with many malls dotting the stretch. The project is expected to be completed in a year.
BMC is also toying with the idea of constructing five flyovers on the link road between Andheri and Borivli, at a cost of Rs 300 crore. The plan is to construct flyovers at intersections at Bangur Nagar in Goregaon, Chicholi Bunder in Malad, Mith Chowky on M G Road and near Don Bosco School in Borivli.
BMC has also appointed a traffic mobility consultant to study the feasibility of a 13-km-stretch along the link road, between Andheri and Borivli.