Surely, you too have been through it.
Driving towards Alibaug or the Konkan, you zip past the city’s heavy traffic using Mumbai’s network of flyovers. On the cusp of the city’s outskirts, you hit a traffic jam at Panvel city.
Blame it on vehicular traffic or the narrow roads there.
During peak hours, a vehicle can take anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes to plod through that part of the road.
Not to mention the several accidents that take place there.
Now, this nightmare is expected to end, thanks to a new flyover in the pipeline.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation has begun initial work for construction of a 1.7-km-long flyover that will snake over Panvel town.
So you skip traffic along the stretch and take about 10 minutes to pass through that patch of the road.
“This flyover will bring some relief to commuters as it will pass over eight junctions,” said MSRDC engineer in-charge of the project M. Inasukutty.
One end of the flyover will be opposite Panvel bus depot and it will go over the old Mumbai-Pune highway, which is National Highway 4.
The flyover is expected to be completed the by end of next year.
Its estimated cost is pegged at Rs 185 crore.
The proposed structure will have exits at vital junctions along the flyover’s trajectory.
The exit points will be earmarked keeping in mind the vehicular traffic. The scope of the project includes development of road-widening, junction improvement and pedestrian underpasses.
The structure is expected to be fashioned along the lines of the Bandra-Worli sealink, a source told Hindustan Times.
Currently, the road development agency is scouting for land to set up a car shed in Panvel where the skeletal mould for the concrete structure of the proposed flyover would be made.