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Motorists on LBS Marg Flyover, a confused lot

The newly opened LBS Marg flyover in Kurla has been causing a major amount of confusion for motorists travelling between Kurla and Kalina, as a result of the absence of signboards to indicate where the route will take them.

LBS Marg flyover in Kurla
Looking for signs: LBS Marg flyover in Kurla does not have a single signboard to indicate to motorists where the route goes. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Currently, motorist travelling via the CST road from Kalina, take the flyover assuming that they will reach LBS Marg junction. They soon realise their folly when they cross over the junction and land up at the Kurla depot, and then have no choice but to take a right turn and then proceed to LBS Marg junction, which is actually longer than the direct approach on the old road before the flyover was constructed.

With no signboards anywhere on either end of the flyover stretch, motorists take the route hoping that it will be shorter and less congested than the road below.

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Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan opened the 565-metre long, 17-metre wide LBS Marg flyover to the public at a ceremony on August 10, before which the MMRDA claimed that once operational, the stretch would provide two lanes each for up-down traffic and would ensure that motorists saved time and fuel by avoiding LBS junction on the way to Kurla Station.

However, commuters are facing problems because of the lack of signboards. Joint Project Director Dilip Kawatkar said, “We know that there is some inconvenience being caused to motorists because of no signboards at the ends of the flyover. We have instructed the MSRDC to install signboards at the earliest.”

The Rs 16-crore flyover is part of a crucial Santacruz-Chembur Link Road — a missing link — that is being constructed under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project.

Apart from signboards not being in place, illegal encroachment by scrap dealers on the open space below the flyover, could pose an additional inconvenience for motorists. 

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