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Explained: How a new Mumbai flyover cuts commute time in city drastically

The flyover starts from G-Block of Bandra Kurla Complex and after crossing Mithi River, LBS Marg, Central Railway tracks and V N Mankikar Road leads to the Chunabhatti railway station.

The new Mumbai flyover opened for the public on Sunday connects most areas of business district Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) to Chunabatti cutting commute times drastically.

The new flyover is aimed at providing direct connectivity from the business hub of BKC to the Eastern Express Highway. It is also aimed at easing traffic on the Western Express Highway that sees a lot of rush from Dharavi, Sion and Chunabatti towards BKC.

The flyover starts from G-Block of Bandra Kurla Complex and after crossing Mithi River, LBS Marg, Central Railway tracks and V N Mankikar Road leads to the Chunabhatti railway station.

Why was the opening of the flyover delayed?

The flyover has already missed several deadlines because of delays in obtaining permissions from different government agencies as it had to cut over the Mithi River and railway tracks. About 70 slums were also supposed to be cleared to connect the flyover. Moreover, there was a prolonged process to get permission from the Somaiya Trust, as the flyover would cross the famous Somaiya Ground.
Soon after his re-election in April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was expected to open the flyover. However, during monsoon, some work of covering deck and fixing the signboards was incomplete and the opening had to be postponed. After the Assembly elections last month, NCP leader Nawab Malik protested against the delay and warned that the flyover would be thrown open to the public without any pomp and show. This prompted the MMRDA to clarify that the flyover would be opened within a week as soon as the work of installing signage is completed.

Are all vehicles allowed on the flyover?

Only small vehicles from bikes to cars are allowed on the carriageway. Trucks and heavy vehicles are not allowed.

What are the salient features of the flyover?

The flyover is 1.6-km long and 17-meter wide. Vehicle owners using this four-lane flyover to reach the Bandra-Kurla Complex or the Eastern Express Highway are expected to cut their travel time by about 30 minutes. The project was commissioned in 2014 and J Kumar was awarded the contract estimated to cost Rs 156 crore.

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