June 13, 2013 3:03:27 am
To avoid bottleneck on P DMello Road,where the Eastern Freeway will descend,traffic police has created a dedicated lane on the road till the next signal a few metres ahead at S V Patel Road junction near Wadi Bunder.
Similarly,on the other side at Panjarpol near Chembur,MMRDA in consultation with traffic police has installed a signal for smooth traffic dispersal.
There will be a bottleneck on P DMello Road in that area. The ramp is located a little towards the left of the road. We have tried to address potential congestion by continuing the barricades till the traffic signal at the junction. We will try this arrangement for a few days and see how it works, said Vivek Phansalkar,joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Those wanting to turn at Wadi Bunder will have to take the previous ramp of the freeway near Reay Road. This ramp will cater to traffic to and from the Mumbai Port Trust.
Traffic police and MMRDA are also in talks with BMC and the state transport commissioner for long-term solutions.
The fine for illegal parking is a mere Rs 100,which is hardly a deterrent. Most of the time,private buses do not have dedicated space to park. We are talking to other agencies to see if these can be given space to park somewhere else, Phansalkar said.
CM Prithviraj Chavan will inaugurate the first phase of the freeway Thursday at 3 pm. The road will be open to public from Friday. The first phase includes a four-lane elevated road from Orange Gate on P DMello Road to Anik near Wadala and four lanes of the eight-lane road from Anik to Panjarpol near Chembur.
The elevated road will have ramps at four places for traffic to join or exit the freeway.
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