This news is sure to bring smiles to faces of motorists travelling towards south Mumbai from Navi Mumbai, who curse every time they get stuck in ugly traffic jams on the Sion-Panvel highway during peak hours. The Public Works Department (PWD) is constructing a second, two-lane flyover, worth Rs 30 crore, opposite the existing one passing over Mankhurd junction, which it plans to throw open for public use by January-end.
PWD Executive Engineer Ramesh Agawane said, “We are aware about the traffic jam and the inconvenience caused to the motorists on the Sion-Panvel highway near Mankhurd junction due to the ongoing construction work. Hence, we are trying to complete the work at the earliest so that the flyover can be thrown open for traffic by the end of January.”
Currently, ugly traffic snarls are witnessed on the southbound stretch of the Sion-Panvel highway due to the progressing construction work of the flyover. The work has been going on for over 18 months. “The work of the 600-metre-long, two-lane flyover is in its final stages. By the end of this month, we’ll start blacktopping of the road,” said a PWD official.
It should be noted that a two-lane flyover passing over the Mankhurd Junction highway already exists and is used by motorists travelling towards Navi Mumbai from south Mumbai. When the plan for expanding the highway was finalised, it was decided to construct another two-lane flyover on the southbound stretch to ease traffic going towards Sion.
Rs 30 crore
Cost of the under-construction flyover