Thane: Commuters travelling from Thane and Mumbai will be facing the major traffic congestion for next two years, as the widening work of Kopri bridge is about to begin in 15 days. The Thane traffic police are looking for alternate options to divert the traffic elsewhere. The traffic department claims that if there are no alternate roads, the traffic situation will be worst at this bridge and along the Eastern Express near Mulund will be difficult to manage.
This bridge is an important joining link of Thane and Mumbai. More than one lakh vehicles commute from this bridge every day. The MMRDA has already floated the tenders for this work and has assured that the tender process will be over soon and the work will start within 15 days.
The work is to get over within 18 months, the traffic situation during this tenure will surely be worst. The work on the bridge will definietly aggravate the traffic along the Eastern Express highway.
“We will have to conduct a meeting with the concerned authorities and come up with solutions to ease the traffic along this bridge once the construction begins. The bridge is already congested during the peak hours and the widening work will add on to this congestion. The traffic congestion might be witnessed further beyond the Anandnagar toll naka,” said Dr Amit Kale, DCP traffic, Thane
“We are planning to ask the concerned authorities to develop a new one over the nullah besides Anandnagar Check post as there is no alternate This road will divert vehicles after the toll plaza towards Modella Check Naka, so people will not have to take the bridge. The road however needs to be constructed and this is a policy decision to make. The light vehicles can also be diverted from 12 Bunglows in Kopri, but this will only be for vehicle going towards Mumbai,” he added.