It looks like the execution of the Pedder Road flyover project has become Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation’s (MSRDC) Achilles’ heel. In the pipeline since the year 2000, the development body is still struggling to start with the actual construction work as the project has been hitting one roadblock after another.
An artist’s impression of the shortened flyover, which might be constructed once the MSRDC is done with the new feasibility study. Illustration/Amit Bandre
It has now been learnt that the 4.2-km-long flyover passing over the Haji Ali Junction, might be shortened after the MSRDC performs a new feasibility study. The flyover, which will start at Lala Lajpat Rai Marg and end on Pedder Road, could run only a few hundred metres in length.
Moreover, the MSRDC is yet to secure a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the traffic police department. Commenting on the issue, an MSRDC official said, “NOC from the department is pending because they want us to provide solutions pertaining to traffic jams, diversions and alternative routes for motorists once we start constructing the flyover. So now we have decided to do a new techno-feasibility study before we commence work on the flyover.”
Similarly, even the state-headed Mumbai Transformation Support Unit (MTSU) has asked the MSRDC to perform a new techno-feasibility before constructing the flyover. MSRDC Chairman Anil Diggikar said, “During our meeting with the MTSU officials last week, it was suggested to us to undertake a new techno-feasibility study.
The survey is likely to start in the next two to three weeks, and will be completed in about two months.” Though the 4.2-km-long flyover received CRZ clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) in the month of October 2014, the decision was challenged by the locals before the National Green Tribunal.
Sources claimed that the MSRDC would be surveying vehicular movement at the Pedder Road junction, based on which the feasibility report will be prepared. Once formulated, the report will be forwarded to the traffic police department for securing an NOC. They even said that the development body is considering shortening the flyover’s length.
What is MTSU?
Mumbai Transformation Support Unit (MTSU) is an initiative of the World Bank, Cities Alliance, USAID, All India Institute of Local Self-Government and state of Maharashtra set up in 2005.