On the first working day after repair works began on Dindoshi flyover, there were major traffic snarls on Western Express Highway. For another 25 days, motorists in this stretch will have to bear with this. Repairs to the southbound flyover has resulted in the junction becoming a bottleneck and hampering smooth vehicle movement.
While motorists on the southbound stretch had a hard time in the morning, there was bumper-to-bumper traffic in the evening on the north-bound stretch. Even though, more policemen have been deployed at the spot, problems persist.
"Majority of the traffic movement being north-south, it is natural for southbound lane on Western Express Highway to be jammed in the morning; in the evening, it will be the other way round," said Rahul Solanki, a resident of Malad.
Some motorists are taking Link Road on western side of SV Road to evade Dindoshi junction. If more people take this route, that would ease vehicle movement.
Of the six lanes on Dindoshi flyover, three have been closed. While the southbound stretch has been completely shut, the three northbound lanes have been divided to accommodate traffic from both sides.
A traffic officer said that in the morning, on the southbound stretch, traffic stood bumper to bumper from almost Borivli to the flyover not moving much at times.
Meanwhile, a group of people, who run a vehicle pooling portal, 'Smart Mumbaikar', have suggested pooling as solution to the problem. Those travelling by any kind of vehicle can give a missed call to 08030636343. Raxit Sheth, one of the founder members of the portal, says: "Once we receive a missed call, we call that person, note down her/his place of residence, work and connect him/her to other people who use the same route. You can save money, time and trouble."