Thane: Thane district has finally given their nod to kick start the repair work on the Mumbra bypass road from Monday, May 7. This delay, however, will now drag the repair works till to the monsoon season which might lead to severe traffic jam in Thane, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
The Panvel Public Works Department has claimed that the repair work will take more than two months and with monsoon barely a month away, the officer claimed that rain might further delay its work. The Mumbra bypass road is a major route for heavy vehicles commuting towards JNPT, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Nashik and Bhiwandi.
The traffic department has issued several diversions once the repair works begin while the bypass will be closed. The PWD department first declared to start the work on the seven-kilometre stretch from Y junction to Mumbra Retibunder in mid-April, however the traffic department did not give permission as traffic measures were not in place. After the diversions were finalised by traffic department and a new date was declared, the district refused to issue a notification for the work until the condition of the alternate roads suggested by the traffic police were improved.
The roads in Murbad and Kinavli area near Shahpur, which were supposed to be used as diversions, were full of craters. The PWD department claimed that these roads are now finally repaired. This lack of co-ordination would, however, drag the repair works even after the monsoon sets in.An officer from PWD department said, “The potholes on the alternate routes are repaired and they are now fit for commuting. The district has promised to issue notification for the work from Monday. The repairs work will take more than two months as we will have to remove the entire slab of the bridge and install a new one. In case of heavy rains we will not be able to carry out the concrete work, thus the repair work might get delay. Moreover the area is also prone to land slides in monsoon so we will have to be careful while the repair is on.