NAVI MUMBAI: If the one-time planning project takes off after the, city travel will transform into seamless traffic sans signals.
Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority's (MMRDA) ambitious Rs 460-crore project of two-tier flyovers on the Palm Beach corridor will help avoid several traffic-prone arterial roads in Seawoods, Nerul, Sanpada and even the busy Vashi node.
This corridor, from Kille Gaothan traffic junction (Belapur) to Kopri at Vashi-end, will ensure a signal-free smooth ride.
Mayor Sagar Naik said, "The project will be taken up with flyovers along the Palm Beach corridor at various stretches to provide direct connectivity to Seawoods, Nerul, Sanpada, Kopri and Koparkhairane, before it connects to Thane-Belapur Road. Work will start after the election code of conduct is relaxed following the Lok Sabha polls.''
The project, part of the one-time planning model, has been taken up by MMRDA, along with the (NMMC) to provide road connectivity to both Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and civic areas. MMRDA will share the mega infrastructure investments for the city development project.
Thane guardian minister Ganesh Naik, who conceived the plan of developing the city in seven years, held a review meeting last week with the concerned authorities.
The scenic Palm Beach Road, according to a presentation made by the NMMC last week, will get even busier with the upcoming international airport and expansion of JNPT. This apart, the road is also accident prone and serves as a cross link to the busy Sion-Panvel highway.
The Palm Beach corridor is a busy thoroughfare, connecting the city with Mumbai and its suburbs, Thane and other MMR areas.
Thane-Belapur corridor from Vashi end also connects the Palm Beach corridor.
Two-tier flyovers on the corridor, from CBD Belapur towards Vashi, will have ground-level roads along with a top tier flyover after the Kille junction to Seawoods where the T-junction connects with the upcoming Seawoods station.
An elevated corridor will also have direct access from the airport to Seawoods.
Another flyover will connect Nerul to Palm Beach Road. Flyovers at Sanpada junction will enable smooth entry and exit of vehicles from the corridor.
The elevated Thane corridor from Citi Bank in Vashi after the Sion-Panvel highway covers three major intersections for unhindered movements and turns at ground level. With direct access to Thane-Belapur Road, this corridor will link Palm Beach Road to Thane without the hassles of traffic signals on the way. The up and down ramps will ensure connectivity of motorists in the node to the Thane Belapur corridor on both sides.
The busy Vashi node will have a flyover, running below the Thane corridor, connecting it to APMC near the Arenja circle.
A similar flyover at the Kopri traffic circle will ensure direct connectivity between Vashi and the end of the APMC market and a smooth entry to Koparkhairane, along the corridor.the APMC market and the Palm Beach run parallel to a long extent
And the entry to Koperkhairne -- the last node -- along the Palm Beach corridor gets a hassle free driving ambience.
Palm Beach flyovers: just after Kille gaothan junction, Akshar signal, NRI complex, Nerul, Arenja Circle and near Star Motors (Kopri traffic jn)
What is the NMMC city mobility plan all about?
The NMMC integrated city mobility plan is futuristic to take care of traffic and travel needs in the next 25 years at the estimated cost . It is part of an overall master plan for integrated vehicular movement conceived and designed by the urban local bodies and MMRDA for the MMR (Mumbai metropolitan region), which apart from Navi Mumbai, comprises of a huge sprawl spanning vast areas ---- Mumbai island and suburbs, Panvel, Thane, Kalyan, Bhiwandi, Vasai, Virar, Khopoli, JNPT, Alibaug and Pen.
It has a total area of 4335 sq km and a total population of 17.81 million. It is perceived as a geographical spread that has a tremendous prospect of growth and the grand plan is providing a connectivity of industrial, commercial hubs to residential areas. Navi Mumbai is growing at an exponential rate.