Mumbaikars, get ready for a smooth ride from Oshiwara to SoBo
Get ready for a smooth ride during rush hours from Oshiwara or Lokhandwala to south Mumbai. The BMC has planned an extension of the Jogeshwari North flyover that will pass over the congested Ram Mandir junction on SV Road.
The Jogeshwari North flyover will be extended in such a way as to allow commuters to pass over the Ram Mandir junction on SV Road. Pic/Nimesh Dave
This means those travelling between the Western Express Highway (WEH) and Link Road will not have to cross SV Road anymore. Tenders for the 900-m stretch will be invited soon.
Last year, the BMC had completed work on the Jogeshwari North flyover that connects SV Road to WEH, giving a crucial east-west connectivity. To be built originally by the MMRDA, the project was handed over to the BMC, which completed it at a cost of Rs 250 crore.
The BMC now plans to extend this bridge right up to Link Road. It will be a 900-m stretch that will start on Relief Road, that is, the patch interconnecting SV Road and Link Road. It will then pass over the Ram Mandir junction and culminate near Mahananda Dairy on the south-bound service road of the WEH. This is where it will connect with the existing Jogeshwari North flyover. Thus, the final product will allow people to pass over three important roads — the WEH, the Gokhale bridge that goes over railway tracks and SV Road — to directly reach Link Road and vice versa. It is expected to cut down travel time between the two to 2-3 minutes, from half an hour.
“The basic proposal is ready, but we are now working out its logistics. The mode of construction is being finalised — whether the flyover will be built there from scratch or it will be assembled there, among other things. The tender should be out in a couple of weeks, and work should begin after the monsoon,” said SO Kori, chief engineer (bridges).
The work is expected to be completed within two years. But, the BMC faces the big challenge of getting rid of encroachments there first and providing rehabilitation.