Bandra-Worli Sealink set to open by June end
On Monday, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Chief, SVR Srinivas, told the media that the 725 m long new flyover from Bandra Worli Sealink to Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) is ready to be operational by the end of June.
Srinivas said that all the minor unfinished work, including the streetlights on the flyover, will be achieved by June end. They should be able to commence the flyover by then.
The three flyovers were planned to decongest Kalanagar Junction at BKC. The imminent Sealink-BKC flyover, which is the second arm, is the main one and will help disperse traffic majorly, stated Srinivas.
The second arm flyover was anticipated to be achieved by May-end. But the lockdown imposed and the increase in COVID-19 cases in the second wave led to the diversion of industrial oxygen for medical use, which is vital for construction. Thus, the project got delayed. Also, the shortage of workers was another obstacle.
In the meantime, the first arm of the Sealink-BKC flyover was already approved in February 2021. The under-construction third flyover, Sion Dharavi Link Road (free left) towards the Sealink of 349 m, will be set by November end, as per MMRDA.
MMRDA’s Kalanagar junction decongestion plan, having three flyovers, will be for Rs 103.73 crore. The scope of work of the third flyover Sion-Dharavi link road (free left) to the Bandra-Worli Sealink, has been declined because of the Metro line integration plan. Hence, the total project value now reaches Rs 59.35 crore, according to MMRDA.