Those looking forward to reaching south Mumbai from Sion in 20 minutes, zipping across four flyovers on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road will have to wait another four months.
The Lalbaug flyover, the last of four flyovers the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had planned on the arterial road, will now be opened to traffic only in April 2011.
The MMRDA had hoped to finish work on the 2,400-metre flyover by the end of this year but has extended its deadline due to routine delays.
“We have now set a deadline of April 2011 for opening the Lalbaug flyover. Once opened these flyovers are ready, it will ease the commute on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road,” MMRDA’s joint project director, Dilip Kawathkar, said.
The MMRDA had planned four flyovers from Byculla to Sion on Ambedkar road in 2007 to save commuters’ travel time, a lot of which was spent waiting at the 19 traffic signals on the stretch.
Before these flyovers were planned, it took commuters 70 minutes to reach south Mumbai from Sion. The MMRDA hopes after all the four flyovers are in use, this time will be cut down to 20 minutes.
Two of the flyovers, the 681-metre Sion junction flyover built at a cost of Rs 48 crore, and the 480-metre Hindmata flyover, built at a cost of Rs 32 crore, were opened to the public in 2009.
The 1,500-metre King Circle Tulpule Chowk flyover, which stretches from King’s Circle Bridge to Maheshwari Udyan, was partially opened to traffic last week. It will be fully operational by April, the MMRDA said.
The Lalbaug flyover, which is being built at a cost of Rs 147 crore, will connect the ITC Parel signal to Byculla Zoo.
Once ready, it will take the total number of flyovers on Ambedkar road to eight.