Flyover gets nod, to be extended from SV Road to Link Road in Mumbai after two-year delay
BMC chief was concerned Mrinal Tai Gore flyover’s pillars would block traffic on already congested SV Road; pillars redesigned nowmumbai Updated: Feb 05, 2018 11:03 IST
The Mrinal Tai Gore flyover in the western suburbs will now be extended up to Link Road in Goregaon, after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) finally gave its go-ahead two years after a 1.2-km portion of the flyover was inaugurated. The flyover, which currently connects Ram Mandir area in Jogeshwari (east) to SV Road in Goregaon (west), was originally intended to go up to Link Road.
The design for the 800-metre arm of the flyover, to be constructed following the flyover’s inauguration in May 2016, was cancelled after municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta rejected the proposal. “The municipal commissioner had rejected the design for the extension fearing that the pillars of the bridge, which are to be built on SV Road, would further clog the already narrow arterial road,” said an official from the BMC’s bridges department, who did not wish to be named. “So we conducted several site visits with the municipal commissioner, altered the design of the pillars, and have now got the sanction to construct it.”
The extension will be constructed over SV Road and run up to Link Road, but the bridges department has reduced the width of the piers so that they don’t eat into the already limited space on the congested SV Road.
The extension to this flyover has found a mention in the BMC 2018-19 budget’s new projects section, and the bridges department is working to float tenders by the end of February.
“We have also considerably reduced the number of pillars supporting the bridge. This design has been altered keeping in mind the width of the road below. We conducted three site visits before finalising the latest plan, but at the cost of a delay of two years.”
This is not the first delay involving the construction of this flyover. The flyover was to be completed by 2012 originally, at a cost of Rs 250 crore. However, it was completed only in May 2016, by which time its cost had escalated to around Rs 450 crore.