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Thane: Soon, journey from Ghodbunder Road to Bhayander will take just 10 minutes

Updated on: 27 October,2017 08:20 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Ranjeet Jadhav | ranjeet.jadhav@mid-day.com

Soon, motorists will be able to zip their way through the hour-long traffic jams on Ghodbunder Road in just 10 minutes, thanks to a new shortcut proposed by MMRDA

Thane: Soon, journey from Ghodbunder Road to Bhayander will take just 10 minutes


Soon, motorists will be able to zip their way through the hour-long traffic jams on Ghodbunder Road in just 10 minutes, thanks to a new shortcut proposed by MMRDA


Your daily commute to Thane is set to get a lot faster, with the authorities planning to construct a road to directly connect Ghodbunder Road with Jesal Park in Bhayander East. This means, commuters will be able to take a 10-minute shortcut for a journey that currently takes as long as an hour on the notoriously jam-packed Ghodbunder Road.

Currently, traffic from the Western Express Highway and motorists heading towards Thane, Virar-Vasai and Ahmedabad all converge in a bottleneck on Ghodbunder Road
Currently, traffic from the Western Express Highway and motorists heading towards Thane, Virar-Vasai and Ahmedabad all converge in a bottleneck on Ghodbunder Road


Over the years, the suburbs of Mira Road and Bhayander have grown exponentially, and now draw a large amount of traffic. Add to this the vehicles heading in from the Western Express Highway and going towards Thane, Virar-Vasai and Ahmedabad — all this traffic currently converges in a bottleneck on Ghodbunder Road, resulting in bumper-to-bumper traffic that can stretch from 45 minutes to an hour.

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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has hit upon a solution to the problem: Constructing a direct route from Hotel Fountain at Ghodbunder to Jesal Park in Bhayander East. This 7-km route will cost over Rs 61 crore to build, but will shave the commute time from an hour to just 10 minutes.

Illustration/Ravi Jadhav
Illustration/Ravi Jadhav

The six-lane road will run parallel to Vasai creek and will service traffic to and from Thane, Virar-Vasai and Ahmedabad. The proposed road will start from the junction of Ghodbunder Road and National Highway 8 (near Hotel Fountain), and the route will pass through Navghar, Tukaram Road and Indralok, finally culminating at Jesal Park in Bhayandar East.

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Prasad Palav, a resident of Bhayander East, said, "It takes 45 minutes to an hour to cover a distance of 4 to 5 km. MMRDA's plan will help resolve our commuting woes."

Shortcut with long pay-off
An added advantage could be improved connectivity to the BMC's proposed coastal road as well. Earlier this year, the state government had asked the MMRDA to conduct a feasibility study to evaluate whether the coastal road can be connected to Ghodbunder Road at Marve, near Malad.

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The MMRDA issued invitations for tenders yesterday, and the last date for submission of bids is November 20. Dilip Kawatkar, joint project director at MMRDA, said, "We have invited tenders for the road. Once completed, the project will reduce the time it takes to travel between Ghodbunder and Mira-Bhayander."

Eco roadblock
Sources said that the project will require special permission from the coastal authority (MCZMA), as 4 km of the road will pass through the coastal zone. The project will also need the green light from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), since the road will pass through a patch of mangroves between Jesal Park and Navghar. Chances are that the road will be elevated on stilts in this stretch.


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