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Mumbai Dug Up: Metro works stalled for 4 years, people using Amar Mahal section inconvenienced

The Amar Mahal section is one of the most important junctions in the city and is located on the Ghatkopar-Mahul road. In the late 1960s it was a two-lane road with single-lane carriageways on each side. Later in the 1980s it was widened to four lanes and now it has six lanes.

The 320 meter section between Amar Mahal Junction and Sahakar Junction is being widened and the middle section of the road has been excavated for the completion of Metro Line 4.

Road widening works from Amar Mahal junction to Sahakar junction – a patch of 320 meters. (Express photo)

Ranjit Rajput, the Executive Engineer of Roads Department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, said, “The works have been delayed as the piling works of Metro 4 are not completed and MMRDA is not doing any work. MMRDA executive engineer Shivani Patil, who is managing the project, said they had already handed over the section to BMC, but declined to comment on the reasons for the delay.

Location: Amar Mahal junction in Chembur which connects Tilak Nagar and Ghatkopar to the city and also provides connectivity with the western suburbs.

Project details: Road widening works from Amar Mahal junction to Sahakar junction – a patch of 320 meters. This section was a 22.5 meter road and was widened to 37.2 meters.

Dug for: The middle section of the road was excavated for the completion of Metro Line 4 linking Wadala and Thane and passing through Chembur and Ghatkopar. But now MMRDA uses 22.5 meters for subway works.

Executing Agency: BMC Roads Department

Importance of the project: Amar Mahal is an important junction in Mumbai. This route also leads to the Lokmanya Tilak terminus in Kurla East. Also, Tilak Nagar and Ghatkopar East stretch vertically and need wider roads.

Total initial cost of the project: Rs 10 crores.

Revised cost so far: Not known because it has not yet been calculated.

Work has started: 2019

Initial project completion time: 2020

Revise the deadline or when it should be over: Once the metro platforms 4 are finished. Work on these piers is supposed to start after the monsoon and it is still unclear how many months it would take for the work to be completed.

Reasons given for the delay: BMC Roads Department Executive Engineer Ranjit Rajput said the piling works of Metro 4 are not yet complete. If the BMC widens and concretizes this section now, it may again be marred by pile work, he said.

Description of the road and its use: The Ghatkopar Mahul road not only connects the two eastern suburbs but is also a road that connects many parts of the city to the Kurla railway terminus. The Amar Mahal junction also connects Ghatkopar and Tilak Nagar where many redevelopment projects are going on.

Barricades for metro works: The MMRDA barricaded two (Lower Parel and Worli naka) on three sides of Rakhangi chowk and erected another barricade on both sides of E Moses on its Worli Naka stretch. For this reason, a bottleneck is created during peak hours at the chowk.

What officials are doing about the problem: The Deputy Municipal Commissioner in charge of Zone 5, VV Shankarwar, held a meeting earlier this week. Shankarwar said: “There are massive traffic jams on this stretch every night and work has been stalled for four years. I clearly told the MMRDA agents to reduce the barricades as traffic is affected. MMRDA agents told me they had blacklisted their contractor and appointed a new one.

MMRDA officials said that although BMC has cleared some slums, there are a few more on the causeway heading north. Also, there are illegal extensions of many stores that appeared on the road and the BMC did nothing.

The vehicle can be seen parked in the middle of the cut road. (Express photo)

Senior Traffic Police Inspector Sanjay Bhalerao said: “We have now been told by MMRDA that they will complete the work. They had many problems with the contractor. We are having a hard time clearing traffic. Bhalerao said the stretch has seen many accidents and they need to take corrective measures to reduce it.

Now, many tempo owners have started parking between subway platforms which are incomplete and the traffic department regularly fines them, Bhalerao said.

Another traffic police officer said the circle of Sahakar is now widened and motorists are driving rough as there is no proper signage.

What the locals are saying: Retired BMC Deputy Commissioner (Infrastructure), Sanjay Darade, who resides in Tilak Nagar, said, “I pushed this project when I was leading the state of affairs, but it remained incomplete. I regularly have to travel to Nashik to see my sick father and this stretching is painful.

Senior Advocate Raja Thakare, who is staying in the Rajawadi area of ​​Ghatkopar, said: “This whole process is a mess. There are not enough police and due to incomplete roads there are traffic violations.

Yogen Gondalia, a resident of Ghatkopar, said, “I hope the pace of metro work will pick up and the road widening will be completed soon.


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