Hurdles galore: MSRDC scraps Kalyan bridge project 12 years after it was proposed
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Hurdles galore: MSRDC scraps Kalyan bridge project 12 years after it was proposed

Locals refuse to give land for six-lane bridge from Kachore Gaon to Kongaon, says agency

mumbai Updated: Sep 01, 2018 01:08 IST
Sajana Nambiar
Sajana Nambiar
Hindustan Times
The first phase of the project started in 2005. MSRDC was to widen the Durgadi bridge till Katai naka in Kalyan on the 15-km Bhiwandi-Kalyan-Shilphata stretch. Around 25 shops will be demolished for the project. (Rishikesh Choudhary/HT)

The project to build a six-lane bridge from Kachore gaon in Dombivli to Kongaon in Bhiwandi is likely to be scrapped.

The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which was supposed to build the road, claimed that it could not acquire land for the project.

“We have proposed to the state government to cancel the project. There is no response from the government so far. There are other projects that will help ease congestion on the stretch,” said an MSRDC official.

In 2006, the state government gave its approval for the project — the second phase of Bhiwandi-Kalyan-Shilphata widening work. The first phase of the project, which started in 2005, is to widen the Durgadi bridge till Katai naka on the 15-km Bhiwandi-Kalyan-Shilphata stretch.

Only 10 per cent of the work has been completed. Some portions of the stretch has been widened and concretised and some portions are still encroached with illegal shops and sheds.

When there was no progress on the project, Kalyan activist Sreeniwas Ghanekar sought to know the reason through a Right to Information (RTI) query.

“In a letter to the chief minister, the MSRDC has said they cannot start the project and it needs to be scrapped,” said Ghanekar, alleging that the first phase of the project was not carried out properly.

“The stretch is the most congested and sees traffic snarls for two hours every day,” he said.

Under the first phase, the MSRDC has started widening portions of Bhiwandi-Kalyan-Shilphata stretch at Shivaji chowk and Katai chowk. But, it not developed it into a six-lane road because of encroachments. The entire stretch is widened and concretised into two lanes.

“We could not build it into a six-lane one because of the residential complexes and encroachments. People are not ready to move,” said an MSRDC official, who did not wish to be named.

The Bhiwandi-Kalyan-Shilphata stretch initially belonged to the public works department

In the first phase of the project, the MSRDC will repair and maintain the stretch. It will also widen the two bridges, Durgadi bridge and Patripool bridge.

“We have received all permissions for the project. We will start road widening in a month. The Durgadi bridge work was stalled due to land issues as some portion at Kalyan phata belongs to KDMC and some portions at Shilphata are under Thane Municipal Corporation. There was a protest over compensation,” said Ram Jaiswar, executive engineer of MSRDC.

The second phase, whose estimate cost was Rs100 crore, was scrapped 12 years after the proposal was mooted.

“The MSRDC’s reason to cancel the new bridge over Ulhas creek is they could not acquire the land at Kongaon as the locals opposed it. Also, the state government has taken up the work to build the six-lane Durgadi bridge which will ease congestion,” said Ghanekar.

The new bridge would have helped motorists reach Kongaon by crossing the Ulhas creek instead of taking the busy Patripool-Shivaji Chowk-Durgadi bridge stretch. The MSRDC official said, “The project has got delayed and so it is better to cancel it and focus on the other projects which will also decongest roads.”

First Published: Sep 01, 2018 01:08 IST