Repair work on Mumbra Bypass begins, Throws Traffic out of Gear

09th May, 2018

THANE : Over thousands of commuters were inconvenienced due to the Mumbra Bypass which was shutdown for repair work, due to which all the heavy vehicle traffic was diverted on the interior lanes of Thane city, on Tuesday.

The Mumbra Bypass was shutdown from Monday night and the heavy vehicles were diverted towards Shahapur, Bhiwandi and in the interior parts of Thane and Navi Mumbai. Due to this diversion, the roads in the city were blocked not only during the morning peak hours but even in the afternoon.

“I was heading back home around 6am when I saw that on the opposite side of the road that is from Ghodbunder towards Majiwada there was huge traffic jam. The whole road was packed with heavy vehicles and moving slowly. So I immediately contacted my friends who would have to take the road to go to office and informed them to leave early so that they could reach in time,” said Abhay Goyal, resident of Hiranandani Estate.

It was seen that to avoid the traffic congestion on the Eastern Express Highway and Ghodbunder Road many took the internal routes to reach to the toll naka, to save some time.

“I had left earlier as I was aware about the traffic congestion but still I was stuck near Manpada for a long time. Due to this I took the route from Meadows and then came out from the Waghle Estate area and was able to reach in time. The heavy vehicles had packed all the lanes and it was difficult to make way out of the slow moving traffic. If commuters have to face this everyday then they will have to leave early,” said Dr Anjan Mangalvedhekar, resident of Waghbil.

The heavy vehicles were seen in the interior parts even in the afternoon as some of them were allowed during 12 to 4pm.

The traffic department confirmed that the commuters will have to face traffic jam for the next two months as repair on the bypass will be go on for the next two months.

“The traffic congestion will remain for the next few days, but we have placed over 300 officers, 50 wardens and 125 home guards at 18 traffic units to handle traffic,” said Amit Kale, DCP at Thane traffic department.

The PWD department started their work on Tuesday morning on the ROB which is above the railway line. “We have started the repair work on the bridge and have started with dismantling the upper surface of the Mumbra Bypass road, on Tuesday. After this we will be doing the recasting work. This whole process will take around two months to finish,” said Asha Jatkal, assistant engineer, from Panvel PWD.


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