Last week,a slab of a foot over-bridge meant to connect the proposed Airport Road Metro station to an escalator on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro collapsed,killing a labourer and injuring 16. The accident brought traffic in the area to a crawl.
For residents and commuters resigned to the traffic chaos caused by the Metro construction,however,it was just another day.
The quality of our life has vastly deteriorated due to this elevated Metro. They are taking forever to complete the construction. They should just bring the whole thing down and let us go back to our lives before the construction started, said a resident of Andheri.
Often construction machinery is kept on sites and debris is not disposed of in a timely manner,thus crowding some of the already narrow roads of Andheri and Ghatkopar and eating up traffic lanes. The barricades,though a safety measure,also consume space and slow down traffic. Also,concrete from the construction sites makes roads sludgy.
At one construction site in Andheri East between JB Nagar and the airport,there are iron roads jutting out. In Andheri West,about a hundred vendors have found a new marketplace beneath the under-construction elevated structure.
Reliance Infrastructure-led MMOPL is constructing the 11.4-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro,the construction of which started in February 2008. MMRDA,the nodal agency for the project,had earlier expected to complete it by 2011. As per the revised deadline,however,the project is likely to be completed by March 2013.