Deadline for the completion of the Suman Nagar flyover has been postponed by six months to December 2010 as the project has failed to get the clearance form the Traffic Police department.
Construction of the flyover is stuck midway since 2003 as the project work requires shutting down of three lanes on the highly congested VN Purav Marg or the Sion-Trombay Road between Suman Nagar junction and Umarshi Bappa Chowk.
Trial runs have been conducted to determine the impact of partially closing down the stretch on traffic flow.
Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which is building the flyover, has carried out unsuccessful trial runs of partially blocking the Sion Trombay Road.
Only one trial run carried out on January 24 was successful.
“On Sunday, the trial run was carried out in the morning for three hours starting at 9.30 am and it was successful. On Monday’s trial run at 4pm, it was found that the traffic jams had extended till Sion right from Priyadarshini Park, making the trial unsuccessful,” said an official from MSRDC.
Failure of the trial runs indicate that unless alternate measures are undertaken, traffic flow on the route will be severely impacted.
Three months ago, the agency carried two unsuccessful trial runs on the same stretch. The series of failure is the reason behind Traffic Police’s denial to permit work on this project.
The Traffic police have asked MSRDC to put up information about the project in the form of ‘caution’ boards at the location and two additional traffic signals enabling people to cross the road.
Five pillars of this 500-metre long flyover would be built on V N Purav Marg.
The flyover is expected to ease traffic congestion at the Suman Nagar junction. Nearly 75,000 vehicles take this route to reach Navi Mumbai and Pune everyday.