The city's flyover bridges appear to be going from bad to worse. In the last few months, news about flyovers developing cracks, being declared unfit for use have been surfacing.
Just this week, the Amar Mahal Bridge on the Eastern Express Highway developed cracks and has been causing huge traffic jams every evening. Activists are now pointing fingers at agencies like MMRDA, BMC and MSRDC which are responsible for building and maintaining the bridges. The inferior quality of material used to construct the bridges is the main problem, say activists, pointing out that crores have been expended on building this infrastructure.
The poor condition of the bridges has aggravated the traffic problems in the city. The lapses in the construction of the Lalbaug flyover, which had to be closed to the public for some days, has raised major problems for all those bureaucrats and contractors involved in the construction process. RTI Activist Kamlakar Shenoy has written to the Municipal Commissioner and Police asking them to register cases of criminal negligence against the contractors. RTI Activist Anil Galgali has also expressed his support to Shenoy.
Shenoy has requested Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to form a committee and take strict action against all those responsible for the deplorable condition of the flyovers.