Civic Works on Roads may Delay tests for Metro IV

17th May, 2018

THANE : The ongoing road widening, highway repair and flyover construction works undertaken in Thane city may possibly delay the schedule of the pre-construction work of metro IV project here.

The local traffic police have claimed that it is unlikely to allow any pre-construction work involving blocking of existing traffic lanes for the Wadala-Thane metro IV work in the city immediately. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has reportedly started initial testing works at some spots in Mumbai. The Thane police said they have not received any notification from the planning agency yet and expressed their inability to allow use of lanes justifying that the city is already facing snarls due to the ongoing civic works.

The city roads, including highways that are one of the vital connecting points for Thane, are presently congested due to the influx of heavy vehicles that have been diverted after the Mumbra bypass was shut for repairs. This work that will last for the next two months is already causing massive snarls in the city.

In addition, the MMRDA also plans to start work on the much delayed Kopri Bridge widening on the EEH, which is further scheduled to cause more mayhem just as the work progresses over the next one month. The internal city roads are also dug up due to repair or upgradation works or construction of the three flyovers that are at various stages of completion causing immense snarls.

The MMRDA that has plans to start work on the metro IV line soon and had plans to erect barricades along the route in Thane and Mumbai for conducting various tests before starting on the civil works has claimed they will require minimal space along the route. The metro IV route in Thane encompasses major stretches of the Eastern Express Highway and the Ghodbunder Road. “We may not be able to allow any further blocking of road space in the city for any civic work as the Mumbra bypass and Kopri widening work have already caused massive traffic snarls. We will have to consider the jams in the city before blocking traffic lanes that are already falling short. We cannot risk disrupting the traffic movement,” said deputy commissioner of police, Thane traffic, Amit Kale.


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