STATE PLANS 4-KM COASTAL ROAD TO EASE THANE-BHAYANDER CONNECTIVITY

Work Likely To Start By March Next Year After Feasibility Report

The state government is planning to construct a 4km-long coastal road connecting Thane and Bhayander.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is working on conducting a feasibility report following which the work is likely to start by March 2017.

According to initial plans, a six-lane road along Thane creek is likely to be proposed connecting the Ghodbunder entrance at Kashimira and Jesal park at Bhayander east. The near 4km-long road will run perpendicular to the existing highway and is proposed to bypass the interstate traffic. There is an existing road at both ends which will be connected by an elevated stretch of nearly 2km over the mangrove belt. The decision was taken at a MMRDA meeting held recently .

There has been a considerable increase in the volume of traffic between the two adjoining cities of late. Commuters are forced to spend a gruelling two to three hours at the stretch to cover the 12km-long distance.

The perennial traffic movement along the national highways that is presently the only fastest and shortest way to connect both these cities, is often plagued with interstate freight and tourist traf fic slowing down the intercity passenger flow. “Small passenger cars or city buses often get trapped in traffic snarls on the Ahmedabad highway or Ghodbunder Road. An alternate road is required for faster disposal of passengers between the two cities,“ said a traffic official.

The road will considerably cut down travel time between the cities, said an officer as a few other initiatives like Kolshet bypass and the elevated corridor between Fountain Hotel and Gaimukh will also lead to faster movement of intercity traffic.

“There is an increase in vehicular traffic between these cities and an alternative has to be found.We have surveyed the area and are hoping the road would materialise soon,“ said local MLA Pratap Sarnaik.

“The road has been approved and the chief minister has allocated Rs 80 crore for the same. We will study the feasibility and come up with a revised budget for the same following which tenders will be called by the year end,“ said a MMRDA official.

Meanwhile, the planning agency has decided to rope in a consultant to study the feasibility of having a seamless elevated road running over Wadavli, Anand Nagar and Ovala junctions on Ghodbunder Road. There was a plan to construct three flyovers at these junctions but the planning agency is mulling having a continued bridge to segregate outbound and city traffic.

“We are in the process of studying the feasibility of the elevated road at the stretch. We will prepare a project report and the same should be ready within three months,“ said a MMRDA official.

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