17 Oct

Jogeshwari flyover not exactly a boon as expected

Newly inaugurated Jogeshwari Rail over Bridge (ROB) has added to the traffic blues of people using JVLR (Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road) at any point of time throughout the day. Navigating through the uneven surface of this jammed flyover is a daunting task, especially during peak hours.

Essence of the project:

People who’ve been eagerly waiting for the launch of this flyover are now crying foul over crowded lanes and packed roads. Worse, they have started using alternate routes to reduce travel time. This project was initiated to enhance connectivity between JVLR & Western Express Highway but it has added to the traffic afflictions of regular commuters instead.

What’s causing traffic jam?

Persistent flow of traffic towards the flyover & an additional signal is causing traffic lining up for at least 1.5 km on the western stretch of JVLR. Earlier there were three signals and now a fourth has been added to facilitate the flow of traffic around Balasaheb Thakre flyover. This has had an impact on the non-peak hour traffic too. Harsh Taliwal, a regular commuter quoted, “I was hoping this flyover would load balance traffic on JVLR. On the contrary, it has increased my travel time. It takes good hour and a half to reach Malad from Powai even though I leave around 9:40 pm. It’s the 4th signal that’s causing chaos, & mornings are equally worse.”

Peak hour traffic data around Jogeshwari Flyover & JVLR:

Balasaheb Thackrey Flyover

Inforgraph depicting impact of new traffic signal near Jogeshwari flyover


Complaints pouring in:

The bridge inaugurated by Shiv Sena chief Udhav Thackeray on September 10th, 2015 was expected to aid smooth flow of traffic for the motorists but all the anticipations have gone down the drain. The situation has become shoddier for residents too. Regular traffic snarls have compelled two-wheelers and three-wheelers to use the pedestrian walkway to escape congestion.

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