Finally, wobbly Dindoshi flyover on Western Express Highway to be repaired
There is good news for around 50,000 motorists who use the Dindoshi flyover every day. After mid-day reported the story about the weak flyover on Western Express Highway that may fall any day, in March this year, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) asked the traffic department for permission to close three lanes of the south-bound area of the Dindoshi flyover to carry out the repair work on the nine damaged slabs on the 550metre stretch. The repair work began yesterday.
Dindoshi flyover was closed last night for renovation. Pic/Nimish Dave
However, the Western Express Highway (WEH), which is an arterial stretch connecting Dahisar to Bandra and south Mumbai, is likely to see major traffic snarls due to this repair work.
The March 18 mid-day report on the pathetic state of the flyover that attracted officials’ attention. (Click here or on the image above)
In October last year, the south-bound stretch of the Dindoshi flyover was closed after the surface of the flyover caved in. This had led to more than two to three km-long traffic jams during peak morning hours.
According to Pratap Dhigaokar, deputy commissioner of Police (Traffic), “The north-bound lane is completely functional. Only the 1.5-km stretch on the south-bound stretch, which is damaged, will be shut.”
Traffic has been diverted to the service roads below and the traffic department has been given instructions to stop drivers from parking their vehicles on the service road that extends from Pathanwadi to Oberoi mall between 7 pm and 10 pm.
Loading and unloading on this stretch will also be restricted for about 45 days, which is the estimated period of time for the work to be completed.
Heavy vehicles will not be allowed on the south-bound lanes till the repair work is complete.
The IIT-B report on the Dindoshi flyover states that there is no specific reason for the cracks that have formed on the nine slabs at the south-bound stretch. The report states, “The nature of the cracks appears to be primarily structural. Possible reasons may be overloading, the curved shape of the bridge in the plan and elevation.” Jayant Mhaiskar, managing director Of MEP Developers Pvt Ltd, the firm undertaking the construction of the Dindoshi flyover, was unavailable for comment.
Regular commuter on the flyover
The traffic during peak hours on this stretch is already slow and now the diversion will cause more chaos.
A motorist who is based in Borivli
The jam-packed lane during peak hours was a headache already. This diversion is just another nuisance.