January 9, 2012 2:01:11 am
Reconstruction work of major and minor roads has added to Mumbaikars traffic woes,as the civic roads department has undertaken lane-wise construction activity on these new roads. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) recently approved road works worth Rs 549 crore for 161 major roads and Rs 350 crore for over 600 minor roads across the city.
Till date,the traffic police has granted permission for construction on around 73 roads.
Officials of the civic roads department had received strict directions from the traffic police to inform road contractors to undertake work on one lane at a time and not dig up an entire lane at one go. They had been directed to excavate and complete construction on just 15-metre long stretches at a time. However,the already delayed work has forced the BMC to dig up the entire lane,leading to traffic woes in the locality. Work on major roads was to begin on November 1 and one lane had to be completed by February and the other by mid-May,before the onset of monsoon. Similarly,work on minor roads that was to begin by December 1 has yet to start.
We started work on 73 major roads in the first week of December. We cannot excavate bits and parts of the lane separately as it will be a burden on our logistical requirements. Also,we are in a hurry to complete the work before the monsoon, said a senior official of the BMC roads department.
Among the major roads on which work is in progress are the road along Badhwar Park in Cuffe Parade,Manuel Gonslaves Road,Bandra,where daytime traffic snarls have worsened after one lane has been cordoned off and Dr E Borges Road,Parel.
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