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Mumbai’s costliest flyover shut for repairs month after opening

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started repairs work on the newly-constructed Ghatkopar Mankhurd Link Road, two days after a biker skidded and fell to his death on Monday.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: September 2, 2021 7:59:23 am
Ghatkopar Mankhurd Link Road, Ghatkopar Mankhurd Link Road accident, bmc, mumbai flyover, ghatkopar, indian express, indian express news, mumbai news, Current affairsA 34-year-old pillion rider lost his life after the bike he was travelling in slipped on the bridge on Monday afternoon. (PTI)

A Rs 713-crore Mumbai flyover inaugurated just a month ago was partially shut down on Wednesday for extensive repairs after numerous complaints of two-wheelers skidding and a fatal bike accident earlier in the week.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started repairs work on the newly-constructed Ghatkopar Mankhurd Link Road, two days after a biker skidded and fell to his death on Monday.

The 2.9-km flyover, constructed by BMC was thrown open to light vehicles (up to 3 m) on August 1 three years after missing its deadline. It has helped decrease travel time for motorists heading towards Navi Mumbai from Ghatkopar.

The northbound stretch was shut down on Wednesday for repairs and will remain closed for the next four days until Sunday. The southbound stretch will be shut for a few days for repair after work on the northbound stretch is completed, said Kishore Shinde, senior inspector of Mankhurd traffic division.

The Mumbai Traffic Police on Wednesday night issued a notification banning movement of two-wheelers on the bridge from Thursday till October 1. The notification also stated that the speed limit for remaining vehicles will be 30 to 50 km per hour. “Motorists coming from eastern freeway and moving towards Vashi are advised to take the Sion-Panvel highway to avoid traffic congestion,” said Shinde. No U-turn will be allowed on the flyover from both directions till October 1.

The BMC’s bridges department will install CCTV cameras, additional rumblers and speed bumps at every 500 m on both sides of the bridge to control the speed of vehicles while also undertaking milling of the road surface to prevent vehicles from slipping on the mastic asphalt.
Rumble strips are used in the middle of a road, lane mergers or along the shoulder of the road next to a curb or divider. Whenever a vehicle passes over rumble strips, the passengers experience vibration and increased road noise. The idea is to warn the drivers in case the vehicle veers out of the lane or gets dangerously close to the curb.

The decision was taken after multiple complaints were received about incidents of motorbikes skidding on the bridge during the rain, raising questions about the quality of construction. Several bike-skidding accidents have taken place on the northbound (towards Mankhurd Mandala) side since the flyover was opened.

The BMC said that the mastic asphalt surface has been tested for “surface index” and is in accordance with standard norms. “The flyover has been constructed as per the standards prescribed by the Indian Road Congress for both light and heavy vehicles. The flyover is structurally sound,” the civic body said in a statement.

The flyover is designed to carry vehicles at a speed of 50 km per hour. “However, it has been observed that four-wheelers and two-wheelers are speeding over the flyover. As a result, accidents occur when the driver loses control of the vehicle,” said an official from BMC.

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