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WR wants flyover from Kherwadi to Bandra Terminus

Commuters, who had to traverse the narrow bylanes of Bandra East to reach Bandra Terminus, may be in for some relief.

mumbai Updated: Jun 20, 2012 01:27 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh

Commuters, who had to traverse the narrow bylanes of Bandra East to reach Bandra Terminus, may be in for some relief. The Western Railways (WR) has asked the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) for help in building a new flyover that will traverse from Bandra Terminus till Kherwadi Polytechnic on the Western Express Highway.

“We have been asked by the WR to undertake a feasibility study for building a flyover from the Western Express Highway till Bandra Terminus,” said Bipin Shrimali, MSRDC vice chairman and managing director. The MSRDC will undertake a detailed study on the project. The initial plan is to build a 1.5-km flyover. However, the road on which it is likely to be built is extremely narrow and full of encroachments.

Presently, there are two approach roads to Bandra Terminus from the Western Express Highway. One is at the Kala Nagar end where people can turn into the Bandra court lane and travel till the Terminus. The other entrance is near Kherwadi Junction from which commuters coming from the suburbs can take a right turn and head towards the Terminus.

The WR had recently asked for the state government’s help in making this flyover. The state had entrusted the responsibility to the MSRDC. The entire project will be funded by the WR.

“The aim of the flyover is to allow people direct entry to Bandra Terminus and to substantially decongest the road that leads upto Bandra station,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations officer, WR.

In case the flyover does materialise, Bandra East will have one of the most intricate and well developed road infrastructure in the city.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is already planning three underground tunnels to improve the flow of traffic in the area, expected to take traffic from the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) to the mouth of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link bypassing the busy Kalanagar junction.

A 1,142-m tunnel was to start from Block E of BKC till Kherwadi Junction to take traffic to the suburbs. The second underpass of 601m is to be built from the mouth of the sea link to BKC, which will bring traffic from south Mumbai to BKC.