Mumbra Bypass To Be Closed Again For Repair Work: PWD

In 2018, the bypass was closed as over 23 slabs were in dilapidated conditions. However, PWD has now stated that the repair work of 16 out of 23 slabs is remaining.

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The Public Works Department (PWD) had closed the Mumbra bypass a year ago, for five months, which increased the traffic snarls in the area. As per recent development and analysis, officials have further announced now that the bypass will be closed again and the proposal of the same has been to the Thane Traffic Department for the closure in order to complete the remaining work at the bridge. 

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In 2018, the bypass was closed as over 23 slabs were in dilapidated conditions. However, PWD has now stated that the repair work of 16 out of 23 slabs is remaining. The students of IIT-Bombay had conducted a survey and submitted their report to the Central Railway, after which the repair work was carried out. According to PWD officials, the closure of the bypass is now expected to be for six months after they receive a confirmation from the Thane Traffic Department. 

The closure of the bypass is expected to affect the traffic drastically for people commuting to areas in Thane, Dombivli and Navi Mumbai. The Thane Traffic Department was waiting for Diwali and Vidhan Sabha elections to end after which they will give a nod for the repair work and release the traffic diversion update soon. 

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The 7-km-long stretch from Retibunder to Y junction had undergone repair work in 2017 as well, after which it was reopened in September 2018. It had been reported that the people were not happy with the construction in 2018 and stated that the slabs had been weaker. 

Citizen activist Arif Iraqi had complained to the Union Minister about the poor condition of the road in October 2018 wherein the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) was ordered to take necessary actions by the authorities. However, according to the citizens, no action or inquiry has been initiated by the department till date. 

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