Wider Mulund-Thane bridge by May, says minister Eknath Shinde
THANE: Motorists making the daily trip from here to Mumbai and back have a better drive to look forward to in 2020 as the first phase of the Kopri bridge widening project is expected to be completed by May.
The announcement was made by urban development and home minister Eknath Shinde following a review meeting with MMRDA and railway officials. The widening of the four-lane bridge to create an eight-lane bridge has progressed much slower than office-goers’ expectations. The Rs 250-crore project has been in the news for inordinate delays.
Shinde suggested a slew of measures, including constructing alternative roads between Thane and Mulund and removing dividers from existing roads to increase lane spaces.He recommended analysing the vacant octroi naka depots on th city boundaries to be used for creating extra lanes for diverting traffic to and from the city.
Shinde said that a majority of the work on the first phase, including laying two lanes on either side of the bridge, is over.
“The work on the foundation is underway and will take another two months for completion while the girders of the bridge are being readied at a workshop in Palghar. The girders will be delivered to the site in February and installed in the two months thereafter,” he said.
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