Mumbra bypass work to complete by Sept 10, district to take measures to ease congestion

The work on the seven-kilometre stretch from Y junction to Mumbra Retibunder began on May 8
Authorities have finally woken up to the woes of the commuters following the closure of Mumbra Bypass.(HT Photo)
Authorities have finally woken up to the woes of the commuters following the closure of Mumbra Bypass.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 09, 2018 11:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, Thane

Megha Pol

Authorities have finally woken up to the woes of commuters following the closure of the Mumbra bypass. The Public Work Department (PWD) has assured that the work on the route will be completed by September 10, and till then, the district and traffic authorities will take several measures including regulating warehouse traffic, assigning extra traffic wardens, and repairing potholes, to ease the present congestion in the city. Commuters are currently facing a harrowing time due to traffic jams on all the roads connecting Thane to Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Bhiwandi, and Kalyan.

The work on the seven-kilometre stretch from Y junction to Mumbra Retibunder began on May 8. The stretch consists of a 250 to 300 metre of rail overbridge. Most heavy vehicles are seen plying along the Kalwa bridge, Thane-Belapur Road, Kalyan Shilphata Road and Ghodbunder Road throughout the day, leading to traffic jams during peak hours.

A meeting (WHEN) was held in the Thane district collectorate by PWD minister Eknath Shinde with the district collector, police authorities and PWD authority.

“The work on the Mumbra bypass and the bridge will be completed by September 10. Due to heavy rains last month, a part of the Mumbra bypass road had caved. The Thane Municipal corporation(TMC) had provided alternate homes to the residents living along the bypass but the locals refused to move. This ended up delaying the repair work. We will need support from the police department to remove these hutments,” Shinde said.

He asked the department not to miss the September deadline and also gave directives to the police department to remove the encroachments obstructing the work.

He has instructed all the respective municipal corporations to fill the potholes on the road at night in order to help ease some traffic on the roads.

“The traffic police and wardens are insufficient to manage the traffic congestion. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) should provide additional 100 wardens to the traffic police,” Shinde said.

A transport committee comprising of traffic officials, fleet cab operators, commuters union and taxi union will also be formed. Deputy commissioner of police, traffic, Amit Kale and resident deputy collector Shivaji Patil have been appointed as nodal officers to coordinate between different authorities and the commuters, to resolve the issues.

Warehouse traffic to be regulated

District collector Mahendra Kalyankar informed that the traffic of heavy vehicles from Bhiwandi warehouses will be regulated. Bhiwandi has lakhs of warehouses which thousands of heavy transport vehicles visit daily. This leads to congestion along the Mumbai-Nasik Highway, Kharegaon toll plaza, Shilphata, Kalwa, Mumbra and Ghodbunder highways.

Aniruddha Ashtaputre, district information officer said, “The regional officer of Bhiwandi informed that a meeting will be held with the truckers to plan the regulated movement of these heavy vehicles. The police and district authorities will also look for additional truck terminals wherein the transport vehicles can halt during the day.”

Commuter unions demand regular updates on traffic congestion

Milind Ballal, president of the commuters union said, “The traffic police should immediately act on the complaints on traffic congestion filed by commuters. The commuters should also get real-time information on traffic jams during peak hours so they can use alternative roads or plan their travel accordingly.”

The Thane police commissioner Vivek Phansaklar has informed that the traffic control room will tie up with the FM radio stations and provide traffic updates on regular basis.

Roads affected

Every day around 15,000 containers apart from thousands of other light vehicles pass through Mumbra bypass. The closure of the road has affected the traffic along Kalwa bridge, Thane-Belapur Road, Mulund Airoli Link Road, Kalyan Shil Phata Road, Mumbai-Nasik Highway, Mumbra city, Ghodbunder Road and Eastern Express Highway.

About the Mumbra Bypass

The Mumbra-bypass was constructed seven years ago to restrict heavy vehicles from entering inside Mumbra town. However, within a couple of days of its construction the road developed cracks and potholes. In monsoon, there is also the danger of landslides on this road. More than 50,000 heavy vehicles including trucks, trailers, and containers ply on this road towards Bhiwandi, Taloja, Panvel, and JNPT. Vehicles going towards Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad, and Chennai also use this bypass. The road is under the Public Works Department of the state.

The nature of by-pass repair work

· The bearings of the bridge have worn off; around 174 bearings will be replaced

· Seven Deck slab of the road overbridge will be repaired or reconstructed

· The uneven road surface will be repaired

· A security wall will be constructed across the bridge to avoid collapse of heavy vehicles from this bridge

· Unnecessary divider gaps will be closed


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