After a delay of nearly four years, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finally started work on the Ramdev Peer Marg. Once completed, the 1.5km-long road will connect Vidyavihar (West) and Kurla (West) stations as well as the Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR).
According to civic officials, the work is slated to be completed in the next one year.
After the project comes through, the commuting time between the two stations will be reduced to less than 10 minutes from the current time of about an hour. The 60-foot-wide and 950-metre-long road will be constructed over a nullah behind Kohinoor Education Complex.
"We are trying to finish as much work as possible before the monsoon as after that it will be halted for a couple of months," said a civic official.
BMC had issued the Rs98.40-crore work order to RPS Infraprojects Pvt Ltd on January 19, 2010, and the target was to complete the project by December 25, 2012.
All these years, the project failed to commence because of a variety of factors, one among them being encroachments by shanties in the area. "In fact, the civic body is yet to acquire the entire land required for the road from them. Moreover, it had to acquire certain portions of land from the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, which took a lot of time," the official said.
It will also help in partially reducing traffic on the arterial LBS Marg.
Additional municipal commissioner SVR Srinivas confirmed that the work is likely to be completed in a year. "Full-fledged work on the road has started in the last few weeks. The major road will benefit hundreds of people," he said.
RTI activist Anil Galgali, who had filed an RTI query on the status of the road, was happy that the civic body had finally started work. "BMC couldn't undertake work on the road because of the shanties, many of which were backed by politicians. The new road will also provide a good connect to SCLR," he said.