There was a massive traffic jam on the Western Express Highway (WEH) on Wednesday morning between Dahisar and Andheri, leading to congestion for over 35 minutes, resulting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. While traffic police said that the situation was the result of some vehicle breakdowns and the ongoing metro work, the congestion was cleared in 90 minutes. However, this clearing out led to slow moving traffic on the WEH.
The south-bound arm of the WEH was jampacked from Borivli to Malad, said an official. The congestion was attributed to bad roads, the weather and the rise in traffic of four-wheelers. “There was slow-moving traffic in peak hours, reaching its peak by noon. Traffic police were deployed to clear the traffic and the movement was restored in 90 minutes,” added the official.
The WEH had additional traffic joining in from the entry points of the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road and the Andheri-Ghatkopar Road, leading to a bottleneck. Agitated motorists began venting their ire on social media platforms, questioning Mumbai Police and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for the bad state of roads.
Sharing a video of the traffic, one Twitter user said, “@mybmc This video is of Andheri WEH under Andheri bridge outside Suzuki showroom, the whole traffic is just because of the condition of the road near the signal, and this condition is from almost one month ago. @AUThackeray @OfficeofUT @Dev_Fadnavis @RajThackeray @mayor_mumbai"
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