In a move that could see the controversy-riddled Peddar Road flyover project being scrapped, the state government has asked the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to look at other options.
The 4.3-km flyover, which could be the city’s longest, has been proposed from LL Marg in Haji Ali to Marine Drive near GB Pant Marg. It has been touted as a panacea for thousands of commuters who travel from the suburbs to south Mumbai via Peddar Road – one of the city’s narrowest connecting roads.
However, the project is stuck due to strong opposition from Peddar Road residents. Also, it has no environmental clearance yet.
Now, with the government contemplating a coastal road for connectivity from Bandra to Nariman Point, an empowered committee of the state government headed by chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad has asked MSRDC to look at the option of dropping the flyover plan and building a 1-km car-deck or small version of the flyover on a part of the original flyover route.
“The committee has recommended that the MSRDC explore the possibility of constructing a car deck along Mahalaxmi-Haji Ali-Jindal junction as an alternative to a flyover,” a senior state government official said, on the condition of anonymity.
The car deck is a small metal flyover that is cheaper and easier to construct. The car deck will not stretch the entire distance of the proposed flyover but go on for a kilometre from Race Course Road till Jindal junction. Officials believe the car deck will provide necessary reprieve to commuters by easing traffic flow at the Haji Ali junction till the coastal road or sea link is built.
Neither minister for public works (MSRDC) Jaidutt Kshirsagar nor MSRDC managing director Bipin Shrimali were available for comment.