The state government is contemplating an alternative to the Peddar Road flyover —still awaiting clearance —to solve the traffic woes of commuters on the Nariman Point-Peddar Road-Haji Ali stretch.
A short, double-deck flyover at the Cadbury junction on Peddar Road, which can opened on either side, according to flow of traffic flow and without traffic signals, is being contemplated.
The 4.3-km Peddar Road flyover, stretching from LL Marg at Haji Ali to Marine Drive near GB Pant Marg, was touted as the solution to all the traffic-related miseries of commuters travelling from suburbs to the city along Peddar Road.
However, residents, including singer Lata Mangeshkar, opposed it, claiming it would cause pollution. On Wednesday, the empowered committee of the Mumbai Transformation Support Unit (MTSU), headed by Chief Secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad, discussed the possibility of constructing a semi-permanent double-deck flyover at Cadbury junction.
“Initially there was a proposal for building car decks at Haji Ali but it does not seem feasible and the flyover is stuck for environment clearance. So the committee has decided to construct a double-deck flyover at Cadbury junction, which will be semi-permanent and can be extended as part of the Peddar Road flyover,” said Narinder Nayar, chairman Bombay First, and member of the empowered committee.
The idea is to ensure continuous flow of traffic from Worli to Nariman Point. Also, those who want to go towards Warden Road need not take the flyover, Nayar added.
The traffic commissioner and the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will jointly assess the plan and prepare a proposal for the flyover within a month.
The MSRDC will also conduct a public hearing for the Peddar Road flyover on July 18, in an attempt to address the concerns of the residents who have been opposing the project. The Peddar Road flyover project was first mooted in the year 2000.