WITH the much-delayed Milan rail over-bridge set to open by next week,commuters in the western suburbs can now heave a sigh of relief.
Mumbaikars wishing to cross over from S V Road to the Western Express Highway had to earlier use Milan subway a notorious flooding spot prone to congestion. The 700-m rail over-bridge will allow direct access to the highway from S V Road. However,as per the current plan,south-bound commuters will have to take a roundabout to join the rail over-bridge.
We have completed the construction and finishing of the bridge. Some work on the median is on,which can be wrapped up in a day. However,the traffic department is studying the area to find the smoothest way of dispersing traffic from the bridge. It may take a few days before the rail over-bridge is opened for commuters, said Ashwini Bhide,additional metropolitan commissioner at MMRDA.
As per the current plan,south-bound commuters will have to take a left turn under the airport junction flyover to join Dayaldas Road and travel back to the service road that meets Milan over-bridge. However,traffic department officials are looking at the possibility of allowing them to take a U-turn on the Western Express Highway, Bhide said.
The bridge,work on which started in 2009,missed several deadlines leading to escalation in cost to Rs 84 crore from Rs 41 crore.
MMRDA has invited Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to inaugurate the over-bridge and is waiting for the date to be finalised. MLA Krishna Hegde and MP Priya Dutt have also been invited.