From June, commuters using the Western Express Highway for their south-bound journey may be able to use the under-construction Kherwadi flyover, for which the city’s development authority has set itself an internal deadline of May 31.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had started work on the south-bound stretch of the flyover in November 2013. To avoid grave inconvenience to commuters on the Western Express Highway, an arterial road, the MMRDA decided to undertake construction arm-by-arm and took up the south-bound stretch first.
UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), said, “We hope to complete the project before monsoon. Work on the south-bound stretch of the flyover is likely to be completed by month-end. After that, we will start work on the north-bound section once we get the traffic permission.”
Madan added that if the traffic department granted permission, work on the other side could also begin during monsoon. The construction of the flyover has been routinely causing traffic jams between Kalanagar and Santacruz. Traffic on the north-bound side of the highway is also likely to suffer once construction begins.
The Rs 21-crore Kherwadi flyover will be 580 m long from Government Polytechnic College to about a 100 m before the Kalanagar flyover, and 25 m wide. As per the contract, the total construction period of the flyover is 18 months. At present, the stretch from Kalanagar junction to Kherwadi junction on Western Express Highway witnesses traffic snarls during peak hours that the flyover, once ready, is likely to ease.