The Dindoshi flyover repair work is going to get delayed as Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and Public Works Department (PWD) are continuously shifting the workload on each other.
The Mumbai traffic police department conducted several meetings with the engineers of both the authorities to discuss the course of action on the busy stretch of the Western Express Highway (WEH). The traffic police had given a 13-point letter to the MSRDC stating that only after these requirements are met a no objection certificate (NOC) would be given for the repair work.
The repair work involves replacing nine spans of the bridge, which is likely to take a maximum of 45 days.
Pratap Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic), said, "The MSRDC has not fulfilled even one of the 13 requirements. We asked them to repair the service road so that the traffic movement can be managed. Along with this, we had asked them to put signage boards, include one side road to the service road to make it broader and accommodate more vehicles and put partition on the north-bound stretch to accommodate south-bound traffic during peak hours. None of these requirements have been fulfilled. We cannot give NOC until this work is completed as it will lead to major traffic chaos on the WEH."
Dighavkar added that while the service road comes under PWD, the flyover is maintained by MSRDC. The two departments are pushing the workload on each other as to who should repair the service road. "We have written three letters to expedite the process and complete it before the monsoon, but we have not received any response."
According to an MSRDC official, they completed the road resurfacing work below the Dindoshi flyover for smoother traffic movement. The MSRDC, in fact, has laid asphalt at the Dindoshi junction and demolished parts of the median just before the south-bound flyover begins. Once the bridge is shut for repairs, there are plans to divert traffic and use one lane of the north-bound flyover. For this, the median had to be demolished.
Anil Diggikar, managing director of MSRDC, said: "We haven't received an NOC from the traffic police."
Dr BK Upadhyay, joint commissioner of police (traffic), said, "Senior officers have been visiting the site regularly. In fact, Dighavkar had gone for an inspection just two days back and found out that nothing has been done. We have held at least three meetings with the engineers and have asked them to meet the requirements."