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Bottlenecks at key junctions bring Mumbai to grinding halt

Saturday, 12 July 2014 - 7:30am IST | Agency: dna

  • Traffic jam near Bandra station on Friday. Never-ending rows of vehicles were spotted across the city during peak hour Sapna Jaiswal

The continuous downpour on Friday brought traffic to a grinding halt as usual, with critical points of the city including the eastern freeway and Lilavati junction reporting congestion and bottlenecks. Potholes and tree collapses added to the commuters' woes.

Never-ending rows of vehicles were spotted at several parts of the city during peak hour. While the traffic situation was the worst in the morning and evening, it had relatively eased during the afternoon.

Heavy traffic was reported at Lilavati junction, from Bandra to the sea link, along MG road leading to Ghatkopar (West) station, Juhu Tara road, the eastern freeway, Veera Desai road, Elphinstone bridge, between Dadar Circle and the Lalbaug flyover, along 60 Feet road in Dharavi, the Santacruz Chembur Link Road (SCLR) exit at CST Road, Aarey check naka at Goregaon (East), Powai to Sakinaka route via Chandivli, Mahalaxmi station area and LJ road towards Mahim among other areas.

"Heavy water-logging was reported in areas like Bhavans college, Gandhi market in Matunga, Dadar TT, Hindmata, SV Road, Andheri subway, pockets of Lower Parel, P D'mello Road, Milind Nagar, Powai Hiranandani and Juhu galli among others," said a traffic police official.

A tree collapse at Waterfield Road in Bandra (West) around noon led to traffic congestion and a car allegedly got stuck in a manhole at Kalachowkie in the morning. The fire brigade had to be called to pull it out.

Due to the newly repaired but pothole-ridden Dindoshi flyover in Malad (East), major traffic snarls were reported on the Western Express Highway, especially in the morning.

Flights delayed
Flights at international airport were delayed by around 20 minutes on account of low visibility and strong winds. An airport spokesperson said that while four flights were made to go-around, none were cancelled or diverted.

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