In the light of the 131st birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on April 14, the Mumbai Traffic Police have imposed a few traffic restrictions considering that a large number of followers of Dr Ambedkar are expected to visit Chaitya Bhoomi in Dadar. The huge turnout is bound to affect the traffic arrangements and hence restrictions will be imposed from 11 pm on Wednesday till Thursday midnight.
The traffic police have imposed one way/road closure restrictions on seven roads around the area of Chaitya Bhoomi in Dadar to the management of the congestion and crowd. The traffic notification states that SK Bole Road will be one-way from Siddhivinayak Junction to Hanuman Temple, which means there will be no entry from Hanuman Temple. Bhavani Shankar Road shall be one way from Hanuman Temple/Dadar Kabutar Khana up to its Junction with Gokhale Road South, which means there shall be no entry from Gokhale Road South via Gopinath Chavan Chowk, except BEST buses and emergency/utility services.
While Ranade Road will be closed for all types of vehicular movement between 11 pm on April 13 and the next day midnight, the SVS Road from Siddhivinayak Junction up to Hinduja Hospital shall be closed for all types of vehicular traffic, but local residents can go up to Road No. 5 that is Pandurang Naik Marg Junction from Hinduja Hospital.
Similarly, Dnyaneshwar Mandir Road shall be closed for all types of vehicular traffic from its junction at SVS Road up to Dadar Chowpatty. If necessary, the vehicular traffic (except the BEST bus and emergency/utility services) shall be closed from Dadar TT. All heavy vehicles including tempos (except BEST buses) shall be diverted from Mahim Junction via Mori towards Senapati Bapat Marg.
In view of the 131st birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar, the traffic police have also issued advisory instructions in case of heavy congestion on several city roads. The traffic police have suggested that if there is southbound vehicular traffic coming from Western Express Highway, and proceeding towards south Mumbai, then the motorists can take a left turn at Kalanagar Junction and proceed towards Dharavi T Junction to Sion Railway station or 60 feet road at Dharavi via Kumbharwada to Sion Hospital and take a right turn to Dr BA Road or they can use the Bandra Worli Sealink via Bandra to Worli and reach their destination.
While speaking about the northbound traffic coming from Colaba and CST, police suggested the motorists use P Dmello Road, Barrister Nath Pai Marg, Zakeria Bunder Road, RAK Marg up to Matunga Arora Bridge and then take a right turn along Dr BA Road and further on via Sion Hospital junction or take a left turn at Gafarkhan Junction on Dr Annie Besant Road for Bandra Worli Sealink and further to suburban Mumbai. Meanwhile, the northbound traffic coming from Mahalaxmi railway station via the Dr E Moses Road may use the Senapati Bapat Road for their further journey.
On the other hand, the southbound traffic coming from the Eastern Express Highway may use Wadala Bridge, Barkat Ali Naka, BPT Colony to proceed ok Eastern Freeway for their further journey.
Eight adjoining roads to the Chaitya Bhoomi in the vicinity of Shivaji Park have been declared as no parking zones for the stipulated time between 11 pm on April 13 till April 14 at midnight.
• S Veer Savarkar Road
• Ranade Road
• NC Kelkar Road
• Keluskar Road (north and south)
• Gokhale Road (north and south)
• Tilak Bridge
• SK Bole Road
• Bhavani Shankar Road
The traffic police have also informed the motorists about the five parking spaces available in the light of these restrictions in and around Chaitya Bhoomi.
• Senapati Bapat Marg (Mahim and Dadar)
• PPL at India Bulls Finance Centre (Elphinstone)
• PPL at Kohinoor Square in Kohinoor Mill Compound at Shivaji Park
• Kamagar Stadium (Senapati Bapat Road)
• PPL at India Bulls Centre, Jupiter Mill Compound in Elphinstone