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Can Mumbai handle 161 new roads?

Reeling under potholes, under-construction flyovers and metro projects, the city is all set to receive new roads after the BMC gets the go-ahead from traffic police

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation received a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the traffic department last week to re-lay 161 major roads in the city.

The project, which costs Rs 549 crore, was supposed to have begun on October 1, but the BMC acquired the NOC a month late.

"The traffic police felt that the work will inconvenience a lot of people, hence the delay in getting the NOC.
up. All lanes in one direction will be completed by February 2012, while the lanes in the other direction will be completed by May 2012," said an official from the roads department, on condition of anonymity.

Chief Engineer (Roads, Bridges and Traffic) S Badve said, "We received the NOC on Tuesday (November 1). We will begin work division wise and have prepared a list of roads that will be worked upon." Roads in Lower Parel, Napean Sea Road, Parel, Andheri, Bandra, Chembur, Jogeshwari, and Borivli will be relaid.

Meanwhile the department has also asked for an NOC to repair 650 minor roads, and hope to begin work in December. "The tenders for that will be awarded in another two weeks and the work will begin in December.

That work will be looked after by the ward officer and the senior police inspector (Traffic)," said Badve.
The cost of that project is Rs 375 crore.

161
major roads will be re-laid till May 2012

549cr
The cost of the project to repair major roads

650
minor roads will be repaired

375cr
The cost of the project to repair minor roads

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