The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has once again worked out a fresh plan to improve traffic movement at the Kalanagar junction at Bandra (East). The latest is a flyover and an underpass.
Thrice earlier, the MMRDA had prepared alternatives to decongest Kalanagar junction, an important location on the city’s road map that connects east, west and south Mumbai.
According to the latest plan, the development authority will initially pave a road into the Public Works Department compound next to Nandadeep Garden. This move will help in faster dispersal of traffic coming from Dharavi and Sion and going towards Bandra-Worli Sea wLink. At a later stage, a flyover will be constructed over this new road.
The short flyover between Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) and Bandra-Worli Sea Link will help in skipping two traffic signals for vehicles going towards south Mumbai.
“The proposed underpass will be to exit the business district towards Borivli. There isn’t any need for an underpass to enter BKC as modification has been made to Kalanagar junction, which has resulted in much better traffic movement and ease of entering it for vehicles coming from south Mumbai or the western suburbs,” informed an official.
In the past five years, a plan was prepared by transport expert Ashok Datar’s Mumbai Environment Social Network (MESN), which did not involve any flyover or underpass. The idea was to improve vehicle movement by way of redesigning the junction and having traffic discipline.
Later in December 2011, the MMRDA came up with a plan of having three short underpasses connecting BKC with Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Sion-Dharavi Road and Kherwadi.
But, due to high cost of the project, the plan was once again revised with a flyover and two underpasses.
The 200-metre long flyover was to bridge Western Express Highway with Sion-Dharavi Link Road, whereas the two underpasses were to be made between Income Tax Office — Bandra Worli Sea Link and Bandra Kurla Complex — Kherwadi junction.