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Mumbai’s Haji Ali flyover may soon become reality, cut 70% congestion

The BMC recently finished working on the general arrangement drawings of the flyover which will be put up for approval next week.

mumbai Updated: Aug 13, 2018 04:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The flyover will come as a big relief to motorists plying towards south Mumbai via Haji Ali Junction.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Motorists plying towards south Mumbai via Haji Ali Junction may soon find some relief from the choc-a-bloc congestion as the long-pending demand to construct a flyover is expected to see the light of day soon. The Brihanmunbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is expected to float tenders for the one-kilometre-long flyover, which has been in the pipeline for over a decade, by September.

The civic body recently finished working on the general arrangement drawings of the flyover which will be put up for approval next week. As per the plan, the flyover will connect south-bound traffic from Lala Lajpat Rai Road and E Moses Road directly to Peddar Road and Breach Candy.

If everything goes according to BMC’s plan, the flyover will clear 70% of the traffic congestion at Haji Ali Junction. It will be a one-way corridor due to space constraints and will have two arms to carry vehicles from Lala Lajpat Rai Road and E Moses Road further till Cadbury Junction where one arm will land on Peddar Road while the other on Breach Candy.

Vijay Singhal, additional municipal commissioner (AMC), said, “The heavy influx of vehicles entering the city is the major reason behind traffic jams at Haji Ali Junction. The project will get a boost once the drawings are sanctioned.”

A senior civic official said that the tenders for this project are likely to be floated by the end of this month. “This flyover will have two arms at the start and two arms in the end. Since it will be a one-way corridor, vehicles exiting South Mumbai will have to continue taking the existing road.”

This flyover has been in the books for more than a decade now. The project to ease congestion at Haji Ali junction was first conceived in 2006. However, it was stalled due to strong opposition by local residents, including singer Lata Mangeshkar. An urgent need to decongest Haji Ali Junction was proposed considering the traffic count report revealed that around 50,000 vehicles pass through here on a daily basis. The report further stated that nearly 75% of south-bound traffic moves towards Peddar Road while the rest take the road approaching Breach Candy Hospital.

First Published: Aug 13, 2018 04:51 IST