Setting the ball rolling of the Peddar Road flyover issue, MSRDC vice chairman and managing director Bipin Shrimali said all efforts would be taken to ensure the project was undertaken swiftly without causing too much inconvenience to commuters and residents.
“The normal construction time for the project is 18 months but we will ensure that it is squeezed to 16 months. We will also undertake the work at night to avoid causing inconvenience to people,” Shrimali said.
The MSRDC has also claimed that they would bring pre-cast girders from and install them directly on the road median at night to cause minimum disturbance. Shrimali said one lane on either side of the flyover alignment would be kept open for traffic and an effective traffic disbursal system would be worked out while the construction was on.
Once the tenders are floated, work is expected to start by the end of the monsoon and can be completed as per the timeframe by mid 2013. The project, however, still needs environmental clearance. The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Environment Ministry has asked MSRDC to conduct a public hearing taking into account opposition by locals.
It has also asked the MSRDC to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment for the area. “We will undertake the public hearing in February and will submit our report to the MoEF by the first week of March,” Shrimali said.
Peddar Road Residents’ Association had written to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan claiming that the flyover plan was not feasible as it would cause massive traffic gridlocks.
There had also been demands that the flyover be scrapped as the government was constructing a sea link till Nariman Point. Shrimali, however, said the MSRDC would construct the flyover as it was needed in a growing city like Mumbai.
“It is important that we create alternate routes which will be assets for a growing city like Mumbai in the long run,” Shrimali said.