According to latest update, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to reconstruct the Parel TT flyover. It is said that this will cause a major inconvenience for commuters on Babasaheb Ambedkar road at Parel TT junction as this flyover helps to decongest the BA road at the junction.
However, the civic officials said that it is a necessary project. The cost of the project is about ₹16 crores.
The flyover sees heavy traffic snarls at peak hours, sometimes taking a commuter over 10 minutes to travel a mere 100-metre stretch.
BMC will retain the pillars of the existing flyover at the junction – which will keep the traffic at the junction free flowing – and demolish the overhead carriageway and ramps. The civic body will construct walls on both landing sides, fill them up with concrete, then re-lay the carriageway.
The bridge was constructed in around 1980, and over the years, the joints have eroded causing the surface to become uneven.
Officials stated that the project has been taken up to reduce the number of joints on the bridge, so the surface remains smoother. The joints will be reduced from 44 to four. The large number of joints means a bumpy experience for commuters, and even scope for potholes during monsoon. The project will likely not be taken up before monsoon, and will take six months for completion, officials added.
It is especially difficult in the monsoon, when water causes erosion of the carriageway around the joints. The junction will have free-flowing traffic, as the pillars are not being demolished.
On the other hand, the Delisle bridge at Lower Parel is also not functional bringing inconvenience to the motorist.