There’s good news for Mumbaiites who try to avoid the clogged Milan Subway during the monsoon.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is confident of completing the 700-m long road overbridge (ROB) that it has been constructing since January 2008, by March.
“We aim to complete the Milan road overbridge by March 2011,” said S. Nandargikar, chief engineer, MMRDA.
After seeking all the required clearances, the development authority has also called tenders for constructing a 61-m-long ROB above the tracks between Santacruz and Vile Parle.
The road overbridge will improve connectivity between SV Road and Western Express Highway service road. It will improve the traffic flow between the two points, especially during the monsoon, when the subway, located below sea level, gets waterlogged.
This will be elevated at a height of 6.5 metre over the railway tracks, while the overhead equipment will be at a height of 5.5 metre. Clearances are required as the Western Railway (WR) is in the process of converting 1,500 volts Direct Current to 25,000 volts Alternating Current.
The civil construction of Milan ROB started in January 2008 after the MMRDA started widening the two-lane roads on both sides and rehabilitated 328 families affected by this project. It was supposed to have been ready this April.
The authority will build a 61-m steel bridge that will cost Rs 33 crore. The cost of the entire project is Rs 41 crore. “The tendering process will end in two months and we could start work soon after,” said MMRDA, chief PRO, D. Kawatkhar. The major hurdle in the project reportedly was the permission from WR as the ROB will go above the railway line.
However, the WR claim the project is not stuck because of them. “We gave the permission more than eight months ago,” said WR chief PRO, S. Gupta.
Since 2009, the Milan road overbridge has been dangling with only pillars having been constructed, which comprises 80 per cent of the work.