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Mumbai civic body razes 24 marble shops in Vile Parle to ease traffic to airport

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation also demolished illegal extensions made by other marble shops

mumbai Updated: Feb 10, 2018 00:10 IST
Eeshanpriya M S
Eeshanpriya M S
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,BMC,Vile Parle
About 50 per cent of the road was encroached by some marble shops by stocking marbles on extensions, which were cleared.(HT)

In a bid to streamline traffic moving to Terminal 1B of the airport from Vile Parle, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken up widening a 1.5 kilometre-long stretch of Dayaldas road. Dayaldas road ends at 120 feet wide road, which directly connects to Terminal 1 of the airport. To facilitate the road widening, the BMC demolished around 24 marble shops on Dayaldas road on Friday. It also demolished illegal extensions made by other marble shops.

About 50 per cent of the road was encroached by marble shops by stocking marbles on extensions, which were cleared. The present width of Dayaldas road is about 30 feet, and will be widened to 90 feet.

Prashant Sapkale, assistant commissioner of the K (East) ward in whose jurisdiction this road falls said, “The road widening will not only streamline traffic towards the airport, but also the Western Express Highway, as the other end of the road connects to the highway.”

The development work of Dayaldas road has been pending for almost 30 years. It was first initiated by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) in 2010. Phase one of the project was completed from Milan Subway to Shradhanand road junction in 2013. The MMRDA then handed over the project to the BMC. The civic body is now in charge of widening the road between Shradhanand road junction to 120 feet wide road.

The marble shops demolished on Friday had occupied major portions of the road and constructed unauthorised extensions to store marble slabs. The slabs were cleared and the extensions were demolished. Following this, work on road widening will begin soon, and is estimated to be completed by the end of the year.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 00:10 IST