Bhayandar: The north-bound bridge running over Versova creek on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway (NH-8) near Kashimira has been completely shut down for four days since May 14 to conduct a load test and evaluate its structural behaviour following repair work of its sections.
This after more than nine months of limited entry, speed restrictions and prohibitions, leading to heavy traffic congestion and pile-ups on the highway and arterial roads in and out of the city due to the slow traffic movement.
All this has translated into huge losses for the public transport authority of the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC).
Since the repair work started in September last year, the timetable of buses especially on the Thane route has gone haywire. Out of the 48 MBMT buses, eight originate from Mira Road and Bhayandar and ply to and fro on the Thane route.
Apart from excessive fuel consumption leading to increasing expenses, the transport authority has so far lost around Rs 8 lakh due to the traffic congestion and slow traffic movement.
“We have incurred a loss of around Rs. 8 lakh because of the cancellation of bus services owing to bridge repair work. We hope the bridge is thrown open for regular vehicular movement soon ” said a MBMT officer.
As a part of their intensified vehicular management, on-duty traffic cops have been allowing northbound and south bound traffic for stipulated time frame for a right of way on to the bridge for the past nine months.