Your commute is set to get smoother, Mumbai railway over bridge project is back on track
The proposed extension to the RoB in Mumbai will take the bridge right up to Linking Road in the west and connect it to the JVLR in the eastmumbai Updated: Aug 10, 2017 09:28 IST
The Jogeshwari railway over bridge (RoB) east wing project, which was stalled for a long time owing to the construction of the Andheri-Dahisar Metro line, will kick off soon. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) have decided that while the latter will construct a major portion of the bridge, which falls on the Metro route, the remaining part will be built by the BMC.
SO Kori, chief engineer of the bridges department of the BMC, said, “We wrote to the MMRDA on July 31 asking them to issue a no objection certificate (NOC) for construction of the bridge and I am positive it will come by August 15. The BMC will issue tenders after this right away.”
This decision was taken in a meeting on July 18.
The present Jogeshwari RoB connects the Western Expressway to the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road junction on the eastern side.
The proposed extension to the RoB will take the bridge right up to Linking Road in the west and connect it to the JVLR in the east.
The estimated traffic on this proposed bridge will be 2,955 vehicles per hour by 2019, 3,345 vehicles per hour by 2024, and 4,080 vehicles per hour by 2034.
Currently, motorists who take the RoB, arrive at the JVLR junction and make a U-turn to take the JVLR. The proposed extension to the over bridge will help unclog the JVLR junction, where traffic estimates for the coming years are massive.
A survey indicated that over the years, number of vehicles which will take the existing bridge to JVLR junction is expected to be 5,910 per hour by 2019, 6,690 by 2024, and 8,160 by 2034.
The construction of the extension was stalled for several years as its alignment coincided with the Metro line’s.
Kori added, “The BMC and the MMRDA have decided that the bridge and the Metro line can run parallel with the Metro line above the bridge. We were still afraid that the MMRDA would find it difficult to construct the Metro line on top of the RoB, if the bridge was already functional. Now, that problem doesn’t exist as they will construct that portion.”
UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA, was unavailable for comment.