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Inside Story December 2019

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Road repair makes travelling in Chandivali a nightmare​

Expect more congestions as roads get repaired near SM Shetty school at Powai. What's causing the horrific traffic jams is the endless repair works at the interjections and bilanes which have begun.

Due to this, one side of the road from Saki vihar right up to Hiranandani Gardens is being used both for coming and going vehicular traffic. Some arteries have been closed and traffic has been diverted to the other side of the flyovers and service lanes. But still there is no relief. Residents are hoping that at least school and college going students do not get delayed for school and examinations.

The traffic merger from four lanes on each side of the flyover near the Powai lake Rambaugh areas also add to the traffic woes.The road repair work will be completed in two phases. In the first phase, repairs will see the stretches from bilanes completely covered first.

Some stretches will be opened for commuters once repair work is completed. Consequently, traffic will be merged on it and other side will be closed for second phase of repairing.
This east to west connectivity is one of the busiest points in  the L and S wards due to its proximity with many housing residential societies and schools.

Large number of interstate buses use this same route causing more chaos. Guessing that over a lakh commuters use these roads, the closure of one side is badly affecting passage on the other side of the flyover, service lanes under the flyover and adjoining roads. Due to congestion, the traffic police have taken several measures and advised commuters to avoid this stretch if necessary.

 Taking alternative routes to travel to one's destination is the only respite, which means using the main JVLR route.

Again the JVLR route has the upcoming metro glaring at your face. Such a superficial route which will see many moons before it is even started!!

(Elsie Gabriel is an award winning post graduate certified Green Teacher and Environmental Law expert. With twenty years of writing experience she has travelled to remote corners of the earth researching, photographing, documenting facts that bind the threads of anthropological wonder. Powai runs in her veins)