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After decade-long delay, Maharashtra CM lays foundation stone for Kopri rail overbridge

The existing two-lane road will be widened to a six-lane road, with two new lanes on either side of the bridge.

mumbai Updated: May 21, 2018 16:31 IST
Megha Pol
Megha Pol
Hindustan Times
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The foundation stone was laid on Monday morning.(HT photo)

After a delay of over a decade, the work on the widening of the Kopri rail overbridge began on Monday, after chief minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis laid the foundation stone on Monday. The overbridge at Kopri connects Thane to Mumbai via the Eastern Express Highway. The two-lane bridge will be widened to a six-lane bridge by constructing two new lanes on each side.

The Kopri bridge was first proposed 13 years ago, but the work has remained stalled due to various reasons, ranging from delays in approval to insufficient funding.

“The foundation stone for the bridge has been laid by the CM and we will now start the widening work, which will take place in two phases. In the first 18 months, two new lanes on either side of the bridge will be widened. In the next 18 months, the two existing lanes will be demolished and reconstructured. A 65-metre portion of the bridge is under the jurisdiction of the railways,” said an officer from the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA).

However, while this will east congestion in the long run, commuters can expect major traffic snarls at the Anandnagar toll plaza to Kopri during peak hours for the next two years. “We have asked the Thane Municipal Corporation to complete the work on the diversions soon, so part of the traffic can be diverted,” said a traffic officer.

First Published: May 21, 2018 15:21 IST