Sion flyover to remain closed for 40 to 45 days; 140 shock absorber bearings to be replaced

The Sion flyover had to be repaired after the Indian Institute of Technology’s (IIT) structural audit report in September. However, due to unavailability of shock absorber bearings, the repair work was delayed

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One of Mumbai's busiest routes, the Sion flyover will remain closed for 40 to 45 days as the work to change its shock absorber bearings will begin November 25 onwards. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) on Sunday sought permission from the traffic department to close traffic movement on the flyover for much-delayed repair work.

The primary repair work had already begun earlier this month but MSRDC was waiting to get the delivery of a few more shock bearing absorbers. An MSRDC official told The Asian Age that they had asked the traffic department for permission to shut the flyover for vehicular movement from November end.

As the Sion flyover faces temporary shutdown, the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC)-Chunabhatti connector was open for public use on Sunday, November 10. Maharashtra caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that the route would cut down travel time up to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Sion flyover has been closed after the Indian Institute of Technology’s (IIT) structural audit report in September asked the MSRDC to change the shock absorber bearings. The work was supposed to begin in April but was delayed due to unavailability of the shock absorber bearings with the contractor at the time.

According to a 2011 study, a total of three lakh vehicles pass through Sion daily and it is considered as one of the busiest locations of Mumbai.

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