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The Santa Cruz-Chembur junction widening work has been slow

So far only 60 percent of the work has been completed; Will you miss the moment of March 2022?

Mumbai: The expansion work of Santacruz-Chembur junction project is in full swing. The 3.8 km long elevated road under construction is expected to be completed by December 2020. However, the work is stalled and only 60 per cent of the work has been completed so far. Given the pace of work, there are signs that the new March 2022 will be missed for the completion of the project.

The Santa Cruz-Chembur link project has connected the western and eastern suburbs and made travel faster. However, the traffic congestion in Kurla, BKC increased and a joint road expansion project was undertaken to reduce the traffic congestion. The contract for this work was sealed in 2016 and the actual work started in 2017. The work was expected to be completed in December 2020, 36 months after the commencement of the work. However, this work has not been completed yet. The contractor has been given till March 2022 to complete the project. There are no signs of completion even within this period. Metropolitan Commissioner S. V. R. Srinivas also clarified that the project will take time to complete.

A 3.8 km elevated road (bridge) is being constructed in a four lane expansion project costing over Rs. 400 crore. One of these bridges connects to Kulra and the other to BKC. With the completion of this project, the traffic congestion in Kulra will be removed and it will be easier to go to BKC and further to the Western Expressway. However, the project is facing major delays. After missing the moment of December 2020, one or two more moments have been missed and the work is not likely to be completed in March 2022 either. The work will take some more time to complete. Srinivas said the project was being delayed due to land acquisition, Metro work and Corona.

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