Taking the difficulty in construction work into account, the state authorities plan to reduce the length of the Peddar Road flyover from 4.2km to 1km. While the starting point of the new flyover remains the same, Lala Lajpatrai College near Haji Ali junction, it will end near Jindal House.
The decision was taken at a chief secretary-led empowered committee meeting last week. The authorities also plan to hand over the 20-year-old proposed flyover project to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), instead of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC).
“We held discussions on reducing the length of the flyover and giving the project to the civic body. But the details cannot be revealed,” said state chief secretary Swadhin Kshatriya.
The proposal to reduce the length was put forth by the state government think tank, Mumbai Transformation Support Unit (MTSU), which has been instrumental in giving various alternatives for the original flyover project over the past few years.
BC Khatua, director, MTSU said, “Building a small flyover will be easy on Peddar Road because it is quite narrow. It will help motorists skip the congested Haji Ali junction, Cadbury junction and Gamodia junction. The committee wants the BMC to take up the project.”
SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner, said, “Once we receive the minutes of the meeting, we will start work on the project. We will conduct a study to decide the length and design of the flyover.”
While the newly-proposed small flyover will reduce traffic congestion on the stretch between Jaslok Hospital and Haji Ali junction, it will offer no respite to motorists on the Jaslok Hospital to Tambe Chowk stretch.
The project recently obtained the nod from the coastal regulation zone.
The MSRDC officials, meanwhile, seemed oblivious to the developments. “We know that a meeting was held, but are unaware about the decision on the Peddar Road flyover,” said SM Ramchandani, joint managing director, MSRDC.