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Mahim-Sion link road shut partially from today

Bad news is in store for those who travel regularly via the Mahim-Sion link road.

mumbai Updated: Aug 08, 2011 02:35 IST
Prajakta Chavan
Prajakta Chavan
Hindustan Times

Bad news is in store for those who travel regularly via the Mahim-Sion link road.

Due to collapse of the 20-year-old culvert bridge at 60 Feet Road in Dharavi on Saturday, one-way traffic on the link road going towards Sion or Dharavi has been diverted from the Fisherman Colony, Mahim, to Dharavi via the old Sion bridge.

The collapse, which also disrupted traffic and power supply in the neighbouring area for more than an hour on Saturday, will only add to traffic chaos on weekdays, fear traffic officials.

“The vehicular traffic towards Sion has been diverted from the Fisherman Colony, Mahim. Motorists can instead take the old Sion flyover to reach Dharavi or Sion from where they can go to T-junction or Bandra,” said Namdev Parab official from traffic control.

Even though the blocked road didn’t add to Mumbaiites’ traffic woes on Sunday, it is expected to worsen on weekdays. “This link road was time-saving. There’s heavy traffic on the old Sion bridge,” said Sameer Pingale, a resident of Mahim 60 Feet Road.

On Sunday, both Reliance Infrastructure, Tata Power and Communications removed the cable wires that got buried under the collapsed part of the culvert. “We are removing cable wire ducts and will place them safely nearby to avoid any disruption in supply,” said Atul Gupta, system engineer, Submarine Communications.

Reliance installed four new cable wires to restore power supply. “We resumed supply by diverting the load on other feeders, but now we have put four new cable wires to normalise the supply,” said RB Yadav of Reliance Infrastructure.

The civic body pressed Poclain Hydraulics to extract debris. “We are removing the debris as any obstruction can lead to heavy flooding,” said Devendrakumar P Jain, G/North ward officer.

First Published: Aug 08, 2011 02:34 IST