30th Nov, 2017
In the coming months motorists will have to face long traffic snarls on Eastern Express Highway (EEH) and Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg (LBS) due to commencement of civil construction work for Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavli Metro-4 corridor. Several lanes on both these major roads will be shut for Metro works.
Barricades will be installed on EEH for construction of Metro-4 corridor starting from Suman Nagar flyover entry on EEH in Chembur, going upto Ghatkopar exit on EEH towards Garodia Nagar, and further towards LBS Marg.
The installation of barricades for Metro-4 work will, reportedly, create a similar situation of traffic congestion that has arisen due to Metro works on Western Express Highway (WEH) and Link Road in the western suburbs.
A MMRDA official, said, "There will be several traffic diversions planned for Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavli Metro-4. There will be barricades on EEH and LBS Marg, but only once the civil works start. Currently, the project is in bidding stage and we can expect the work to start in another 4 months."
The barricading for Metro-4 will start from Bhakti Park in Wadala that will pass through Anik Bus Depot and further to Suman Nagar in Chembur, after which the barricades installation will start on EEH.
The barricading on EEH will end after the Amar Mahal Junction. Garodia Nagar in Ghatkopar will be connected to LBS Marg near Shreyas Cinema. The barricading will go upto Mulund check naka and into Thane via Majiwada, Kapurbawdi, Manpada, Tikuji-ni-Wadi till Kasarvadavli.
Similarly, part alignment of DN Nagar – Mandale Metro-2B also passes through EEH near Kurla and barricades will be up for the Metro-2B also. On WEH, due to lanes being shut due to Metro works, several lanes were added for the north-bound and south-bound traffic depending on the peak hours.
According to MMRDA officials, the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the traffic department will come in after the proper diversions are proposed. However, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is yet to give a NOC to MMRDA for Metro works considering the alignment passes several flyovers being maintained by MSRDC.
The Rs 14,549 crore project is around 32-km long with a station at every 1 km distance. The six coach Metro-4 is estimated to take around 8.7 lakh commuters daily by 2022. This will decongest several roads connecting Mumbai and Thane and will also decrease the footfall in the suburban local trains.
Source : dnaindia.com