In its unrelenting pursuit to provide better and smooth traffic, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has begun work on the 2.4 km. long Lalbaug flyover. The first segment for the new swanky 4-lane flyover was launched on Thursday. “Yes, the first of the many segments has been launched near Jijamata Udyan and we are quite confident of completing the work by next Ganeshotsav”, said Mr.P.R.K.Murthy, Chief, Transport and Communication Division.
The 3-and-a-half decade old Lalbaug flyover was dismantled in May this year to make way for a 4-lane flyover along Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Road from Bharatmata (Hotel ITC) Junction to Jijamata Udyan. The flyover then offered only 2 lanes for north-bound traffic. The flyover that is being constructed will provide 2+2 lanes uninterrupted movement for traffic in both directions, north as well south. “The new flyover will not only provide free wheeling but also reduce travel-time, air and noise pollution and also save expenditure on oil and gas”, said Mr.C.M.Jadhav, Superintending Engineer, MMRDA.
It is pertinent to note that the flyover was dismantled in mere 25 days using state-of-the-art machinery and advanced technology keeping the noise and air pollution to the minimum. The daunting task was successfully completed because of the joint efforts of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, Mumbai Traffic Police, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, BEST and, of course, the local residents.