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Subway in Navi Mumbai to be ready before monsoon

Karave residents will no longer have to risk their lives to cross the busy Palm Beach Road.

mumbai Updated: Feb 11, 2018 00:39 IST
Tasneem Kausar
Tasneem Kausar
Hindustan Times
Navi Mumbai,Panvel,NMMC
Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, whose general body sanctioned the work in 2015, has finally started work to build a subway at Karave Seawoods. It will cost Rs2 crore. (HT)

Ten days after the civic body said the subway on Palm Beach Road would be ready after monsoon, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) said they have expedited the work and will complete it before rains.

After years of demands by residents, the NMMC has begun work of constructing a subway on Palm Beach Road in Karawe village.

NMMC chief city engineer, Mohan Dagaonkar, said, “We have begun work on the subway on Palm Beach Road. The service road on the Karave village side is ready. We have taken up the service road work on the Chanakya side.”

He said, “This will ensure that there are no traffic snarls, as two lanes will be available for traffic when we take up the work in the section.”

The 72-metre-long and 7.5-metre-wide subway has been estimated to cost Rs1.94 lakh. It will also require shifting the 1,700-mm diameter pipeline which will cost Rs32.64 lakh.

The area has witnessed several accidents as the local fisherfolk have to cross the busy road to get to the creek.

The work is expected to be completed before the monsoon.

The subway had been sanctioned by the NMMC general body in 2015. However, it had been stuck due to various technical issues and permission from the traffic department. The traffic department had cited monsoon and traffic snarls problems for delaying the permission. It had asked for a service road to be constructed first to prevent traffic snarls.

Dagaonkar said that they were using the latest technology in construction of the subway. “We are trying to complete the work by April and certainly before monsoon.”

Corporator Vinod Mhatre said, “The work on the subway had not begun despite it being approved. I had been following it up for the past 8 years. The fisherfolk risk their lives on a daily basis on the stretch. Now, with work expected to be completed by April 28, there will be a huge relief to the residents.”

Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Nitin Pawar said that they would need divert traffic for the subway work. “We have given the requisite permission to NMMC. As soon as the service road work is complete, we will divert traffic on Palm Beach Road for the subway work,” said Pawar.

First Published: Feb 11, 2018 00:39 IST