Mumbai: MMRDA to erect noise barriers in Sion, Matunga and Parel

The MMRDA is erecting noise barriers on three flyovers along the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar road at the cost of nearly Rs 19 crore; pilot project in BKC had already proved successful in 2010

Residents living along the busy Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar road and patients in Sion Hospital are set to get some much-needed respite from the incessant honking and engine noise that have been making their lives miserable.

The installation of the barriers has already begun on the flyover opposite Sion Hospital. Pic/Atul Kamble
The installation of the barriers has already begun on the flyover opposite Sion Hospital. Pic/Atul Kamble

The MMRDA has begun installing noise barriers on the Sion Hospital, King’s Circle- Tulpule Chowk and Hindmata flyovers at a cost of Rs 18.9 crore.

Speaking to mid-day, MMRDA Joint Project Director Dilip Kawatkar said, “The installation of noise barriers on flyovers on the arterial Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar road will help bring down the vehicular noise levels and benefit the residents living in buildings close to the road.

The installation work has already begun on the flyover opposite Sion Hospital and it is expected to be completed on all three flyovers in six months.”

Successful pilot
In 2011, a team of experts from MMRDA, including then MMRDA Commissioner Rahul Asthana had gone for a tour to Italy, where it studied the noise barrier projects. MMRDA later said it would be installing noise barriers on all the flyovers and road over bridges that it constructs in the future.

Before the officials left on the trip, the authority had already begun a pilot project in BKC in 2010. Before the noise barriers were installed along the road near Kalanagar in BKC, the decibel level was between 60 and 90, which has come down to 50-55 during the day and well below 45 in the night.

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