The shutdown of the Dindoshi flyover for repair works on the damaged portion caused severe traffic snarls on the Western Express Highway on Tuesday. Motorists going towards the south from Borivli on the Western Express Highway had a tough time.
The traffic police have barred motorists from using the flyover as the cementing work was being carried out to fix a structural damage. Such was the impact of the shutdown of just one flyover the traffic backlog snaked back till Borivli. Motorists were forced to go through a bottleneck on the road just below the flyover.
Motorists had been advised to use the Link Road and the SV Road. However, just a few seemed to have followed the advice as the policemen are finding it difficult to control the traffic on the WE Highway.
Senior inspector Sudhir Dalvi of Goregaon traffic division said, “It has become a nuisance to manage the same number of motorists on the WE Highway. Even after advising motorists to opt for Link Road and SV Road, nobody really bothered to do so. The flyover was open only for light motor vehicles (LMV) for around three days before the complete shutdown on Tuesday. The flyover will be operational from Wednesday but only for LMVs at least for couple of days.”
There are approximately four lakh vehicles that use the WE Highway between Borivli and Goregaon daily. An estimated two lakh vehicles use the Link Road and around 1.5 lakh vehicles take the SV Road on a daily basis.
Had a few vehicles taken the Link Road and the SV Road, it would have divided the vehicle population and would have made it easier for the traffic policemen.