The civic body was supposed to get the pockmarked Keshavsut flyover outside Dadar railway station (west) back in shape this weekend. However, the resurfacing of one of the worst stretches on Tulsi Pipe Road did not happen on the weekend. The work is now scheduled to start on Tuesday and go on for three days.
This means motorists will have to deal with traffic snarls because of the repair work. The long weekend was the ideal time to have completed the resurfacing work as the road is less crowded than during working days.
“This was a suitable period as there would be lesser traffic compared to working days. That is why these days were selected,” said Rahul Shewale, civic standing committee chairman.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) offered vague reasons for the delay in repair. Satish Badwe, chief engineer (roads and bridges department), said: “As the asphalt plant will not be in working condition for two to three days, we plan to begin work on Tuesday and continue it on Thursday and Friday.”
The contractor offered a different reason. “The plan was to start work on Saturday but workers were unavailable. We don’t have sufficient manpower to start work because of Raksha Bandhan on Saturday, then Sunday and Independence Day,” said a source close to the contractor.
The BMC had intimated the traffic police so they could take necessary measures. “We were ready for Saturday and Sunday. The BMC has not intimated that they have rescheduled the work for August 16,” said Sunil Tondwalkar, traffic police inspector from Mahim.
The Keshavsut flyover has been in a dismal condition for weeks now. The BMC has tried filling potholes on the flyover several times, but heavy showers have consistently washed away the work.