In a major relief for motorists who are forced to battle traffic chaos while travelling towards Mumbai from the twin-city, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) led state government has given in-principle approval for the construction of a road link between Dahisar and Bhayandar which will help reduce the travel time between the two cities.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will construct the proposed six kilometres long and 45-meter wide road from the existing Dahisar link road to Bhayandar.
This was announced by environment and tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray who also holds the post of guardian minister for Mumbai suburbs. The announcement was followed by Thackeray’s tweet in which he stated that the Mumbai-Mira Bhayandar connectivity was a growing need as the government works towards increasing connectivity in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
As we work towards increasing connectivity in MMR, Mumbai- Mira Bhayandar connectivity is a growing need.
BMC will construct the proposed 6 Km long 45 mtr wide road from existing Dahisar Link Road to Bhayandar. 1.5 km will be in MCGM, 4.5 kms will be in Mira Bhyander Corporation
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) December 29, 2021
He further stated that the BMC will take up the 6-kilometre road work on a war footing. Notably, Shiv Sena legislator- Pratap Sarnaik had been constantly following up on the issue with the government authorities for the past couple of years.
The roadwork project was approved by the BMC in a meeting held on 16, December. However, clarity in context to the funding pattern was cleared on Wednesday.
As per rough estimates, the BMC will have to spend around Rs 1500 crore for the project which is expected to start early next year. While 1.5 km of the road will be in Mumbai, 4.5 km will fall under the jurisdiction of the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC).
The construction of the link road will not only cut travel time between both the cities, but it will also decongest the national highway (No:8), which at present is the only access route and is mostly plagued with bumper-to-bumper traffic. However, it’s still not clear whether motorists will be charged a toll to use the proposed road after its completion.
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Published on: Thursday, December 30, 2021, 04:15 PM IST