The nightmarish traffic near Juhu Circle is set to ease up with the BMC shelling out Rs. 11.16 crore to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to allow a flyover to pass through their land. The 1.25-km flyover will connect one end of Barfi wala flyover to Juhu-Versova Link Road.
The JVPD flyover, which will be built at a cost of Rs. 200 crore, will allow commuters to skip the Juhu Circle signal and enjoy signal free connectivity all the way to the Western Express Highway. The flyover is expected to reduce travel time from 45 minutes to just around five minutes, say civic officials.
Explaining the route, a senior civic official from BMC’s bridges department said, “When commuters come from Gulmohar Road in Juhu and Juhu Circle they can take the CD Barfiwala flyover, then go past Gokhale Road bridge and then Teli Gully flyover in Andheri east to reach WEH in five minutes. We are constructing another flyover near Teli Gully junction in Andheri East.”
While one end of the bridge will be near the spot where the Barfiwala flyover ends, the other end is yet to be finalised though it will be somewhere on Juhu-Versova Link Road, an official said. “Earlier the project was planned to be amalgamated with Metro 2 line at DN Nagar, which was thrown out of gear as the position of ESIC Nagar Metro station clashed with the JVPD bridge alignment,” he said. The project was then realigned due to construction hurdles and it is now passing through AAI land, which is on the east side of Link Road.
The AAI has agreed to give BMC use of the land subject to payment. The improvements committee and the BMC general body passed the proposal on January 7. A senior civic official said that 50 per cent of the money will be paid now and the other half later. A consultant has been appointed and the tender is expected to be finalised in a month.
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