Kherwadi flyover: 'Going gets good for traffic on the stretch, but it could get better'
For the past two years, Kherwadi flyover had become synonymous with traffic snarls. So, now that the flyover has been thrown open to public, with a lot of expectations, I decided to travel from the Dahisar toll booth to Nariman Point on Monday morning.
The start was great. At 9.30am, I took a taxi, and within nine minutes, we reached Kandivli. But I knew the real test was at two points — the stretch near the Kandivli flyover and the international airport.
And, as expected, we got stuck near the former for around 10 minutes. Dragging at a speed of 20 km an hour, we reached the Dindoshi flyover. The movement here, too, was slow, until we reached the start of the Aarey flyover. In an hour, I had reached Vile Parle.
But we were soon reaching the second important destination on the route.
At the stretch near the airport, the traffic almost came to a standstill.
By 11am, I had crossed the western express highway and we were now heading towards the Bandra-Worli sea link. Moving ahead, we got stuck at the Haji Ali junction for more than 10 minutes —the longest halt in the journey.
While we covered the 23.55-km road to Bandra in 1.15 minutes, it took us 55 minutes to go from Atria Mall to Nariman Point, an 8-km stretch.
The Peddar Road, the four-lane road divided by plastic barricades, slowed down the traffic movement considerably. We somehow waded through it, only to get stuck near the Babulnath temple.
The verdict: Although the 2-hour ride was far from perfect, the travel along the stretch has become much smoother.
(This is a first person account)