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Metro, monorail sites to be barricaded: MMRDA

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is not the only agency working on pre-monsoon preparations on Mumbai’s roads.

mumbai Updated: Jun 04, 2012 01:32 IST
Zeeshan Sheikh
Zeeshan Sheikh
Hindustan Times

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is not the only agency working on pre-monsoon preparations on Mumbai’s roads.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is presently handling three road stretches where it has undertaken infrastructure work. The three stretches are:

* The 12 km stretch from Versova to Ghatkopar on which the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro is being constructed

* The 15 km stretch from Museum till Ghatkopar on which the Eastern Freeway is being constructed, and

* The 20 km stretch on G D Ambekar and RC Marg (Chembur-Wadala), on which the monorail is being constructed.

The MMRDA set a deadline of June 2 for the removal of all debris on its sites which cause water-logging and hindrance to traffic flow. All the construction sites will be barricaded, while all the pits and excavated areas will be protected to prevent accidents, according to officials. Besides, water pumps will be deployed at all sites to prevent water-logging, they said.

“The MMRDA, at this moment, is only handling 2 per cent of the city’s entire road network. However we have taken adequate measures to ensure that no accidents occur at these sites,” said Rahul Asthana, metropolitan commissioner.

The MMOPL (Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd), which is constructing the city’s first metro line between Versova and Ghatkopar, has formed rescue teams, which will be deployed 24X7 to take care of emergencies. These teams will be equipped with torches, emergency lamps, ropes, safety cones, light battens, etc. A 24X7 Control Room will be functional at the MMOPL office to coordinate with various utilities (municipal authorities, MMRDA, traffic police, etc) as per the requirement to prevent/help tackle any problems caused by flooding of construction sites.

The Maharashra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which maintains 29 flyovers in the city, has also assured that it is ready for the monsoons. “We have completed our pre-monsoon repair work. I am sure commuters will not face potholes and other difficulties on flyovers operated by us,” said AV Deodhar, chief engineer, MSRDC.

(with inputs from Alok Deshpande)

First Published: Jun 04, 2012 01:31 IST