Haji Ali flyover might become a reality

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to float tenders for the 1-kilometre-long flyover by September this year

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If things go right, motorists going towards South Mumbai via Haji Ali Junction may soon find relief as the long-pending demand to construct a flyover might see the light of the day. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to invite tenders for the one-kilometer-long flyover by September.  

Recently, the civic body finished working on flyover drawings that will be put up for an approval next week. According to the civic body plan, the flyover will connect south-bound traffic from Lala Lajpat Rai Road and E Moses Road directly to Peddar Road and Breach Candy.

If BMC’s plan works out, the flyover will clear 70 per cent of the traffic congestion at Haji Ali Junction.

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Vijay Singhal, additional municipal commissioner (AMC), said that the heavy influx of vehicles entering the city is the major reason behind traffic jams at Haji Ali Junction. He added that the project will get a boost once the drawings are sanctioned.

One of the senior civic officials said that this flyover will have two arms at the start and two arms in the end and being a one-way corridor, vehicles exiting South Mumbai will have to continue taking the existing road.

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In 2006, the project to ease congestion at Haji Ali Junction was first introduced but was stalled due to strong opposition by local residents, including singer Lata Mangeshkar.

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