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Old February 1st, 2011, 05:17 AM   #1901
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Railway permissions delay SCLR, bridge

Published: Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011, 1:45 IST
By Ninad Siddhaye | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

First, it was a 183-metre-wide foot over-bridge in Andheri for the metro, which was delayed and now another over the harbour line in Kurla, which is vital for the completion of the much delayed Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR), is likely to derail the time table for the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP). Irked officials of various government agencies are blaming the railways for the delays.

However, additional metropolitan commissioner of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) SVR Srinivas said, “We had a good round of discussion with the officials of the Central Railways last week. Though we were expecting a block from the railways of 6-7 hours for the construction of a 200-metre-long bridge near Kurla and Tilak Nagar stations, we have been given a block of barely 3-4 hours. In spite of this setback, our attempt will be to complete the bridge within the specified time period.”

Sources in MMRDA as well as Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation were particularly unhappy with the slow response of the railways. “We had submitted the designs of the SCLR bridge eight months back. However, railways sat on it for a long time before coming up with changes which will further delay it. The utility shifting work for the bridge has also just started. We had paid Rs6 crore for the same to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) way back in 2006,” said a senior official requesting anonymity.

A MMRDA source said that the agencies constructing the double decker RoB still expect the railways to give them permission to construct the bridge during the non-peak hours.

Chief spokesperson Vidyadhar Malegaonkar said that blocks on the railways are given according to traffic pattern of trains and railways always try to balance construction work with that of running rail traffic. “In case of heavy running traffic during a particular timing, blocks given are curtailed according
to the railway operations in that particular section,” said Malegaonkar.

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/repor...bridge_1501520
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 12:57 AM   #1902
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Lol.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 12:05 PM   #1903
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Ghatkopar – Koparkhairane Link Road

Ghatkopar – Koparkhairane Link Road

Ghatkopar – Koparkhairane Link Road Planned by PWD. Proposal sent to Environment Min. for clearance.

* Total length 6.48 km. Creek Bridge 2 km long.

* 6 Lane Road.

* Estimated cost - 531 crores.

* Will take 4years to complete if cleared. To be built on BoT basis. Will be a Toll Road.

* Other challenges: Rehabilitations, Shifting of Encroachments, Transmission towers, Sewer lines, Water pipelines etc.

* Permission of Maritime board Required.

Source: Maharashtra Times (Marathi)
http://maharashtratimes.indiatimes.c...ow/7408819.cms
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 12:16 PM   #1904
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lots of mangroves there
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 06:38 PM   #1905
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Doesn't the extension of jvlr to koparkhairane make much more sense ?
Next to no rehabilitation issues.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 06:51 PM   #1906
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YES !! Even i was thinking the same......
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 05:43 AM   #1907
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that wud be too close to airoli bridge...
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 12:47 PM   #1908
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GKLR

Not really it will be between Vashi and Airoli Bridges ....


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Old February 3rd, 2011, 02:02 PM   #1909
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well wherever they decide to build a bridge

just make sure its connected well to the EEH
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 08:24 PM   #1910
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Mukesh Ambani when he was controlling RCOM was trying to get this project started, after it went into Anil Ambani's control there was no more news. So why has this plan now been dusted off for consideration? Does it have anything to do with Mukesh Ambani's new corporate HQ at the erstwhile Mafatlal Petrochemicals complex. Hmmmm
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Old February 5th, 2011, 04:25 AM   #1911
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JVLR

I dont get the concept of having paver blocks on a road like JVLR.




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Old February 5th, 2011, 04:29 AM   #1912
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Pics of the Goregaon flyover that will land on the WEH. Looks 2+2 at max.



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Old February 5th, 2011, 06:19 AM   #1913
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300 cr less for roads, bridges

Sukhada Tatke | TNN

Mumbai: With no new projects in the pipeline for the second consecutive year, the civic body has reduced the capital expenditure budget for traffic, roads and bridges by nearly Rs 300 crore—from Rs 1,179 crore in the outgoing fiscal to Rs 892 crore for 2011-12.

Unlike in previous years, the BMC has promised to start spending the cash before the monsoon to ensure better utilization.

The focus of the budget is to keep roads free of potholes. “The heavy rainfall last year resulted in the deterioration of roads. Heavy expenditure was incurred on spot and pothole repairs. To avoid recurrence of such a situation during the next monsoon, a programme has been chalked out to attend to spot repairs and potholes,” said municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar.

The civic body has made a provision of Rs 50 crore for the construction of a rail overbridge (ROB) at Jogeshwari (South); Rs 45 crore has been earmarked for an ROB at Jogeshwari (North).

It has earmarked Rs 9.5 crore for the Area Traffic Control system, the delayed technology that is plugged as an answer to the horrid traffic at signals. For the construction of bridges and subways as well as their repairs and improvement, a provision of Rs 165.72 crore has been proposed.

source : TOI 5-2-2011
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Old February 5th, 2011, 07:44 AM   #1914
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Quote:
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Pics of the Goregaon flyover that will land on the WEH. Looks 2+2 at max.


The pic has banners of Relcon Infra and according to their website it has an under construction ROB at Jogeshwari. It could be Jogeshwari North Flyover as mentioned in the above post ?
http://www.relcon.co.in/infrastructure.html
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Old February 5th, 2011, 08:18 AM   #1915
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great update shanware....
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Old February 6th, 2011, 02:22 PM   #1916
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Update on lalbaug flyover
All the 3 cantilevers have reached its destination.Now only the two pillars between the 2 tight curves near lalbaug junction are left. Progress on landings on either side is also going good.
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Old February 7th, 2011, 05:14 AM   #1917
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INFRA BOOST

A NEW BRIDGE on Thane creek

Chittaranjan Tembhekar TOI 7-02-2011

Mumbai: Do you want to cut down travel time to Pune or Goa by 50 minutes and shorten the distance by 17 km?

You may be able to do so in three or four years if the Union environment ministry clears a proposal for a bridge between Vikhroli and Mhape on the Thane creek.

The six-lane bridge will start where the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) meets Eastern Express Highway (EEH) and end near Koparkhairane on Palm Beach Road. From here, it will be a short drive to Thane-Belapur Road, which connects with the Pune or Goa highways. JVLR’s daily load of one lakh vehicles (travelling between the eastern and western suburbs) will be substantially eased once the bridge comes up.

For Kalyan, one can take Shil Phata Road via Mahape. At present, Pune- or Goabound vehicles from Mumbai take either the Airoli or Vashi bridge on the Sion-Panvel highway, the traffic load of which will come down once the new bridge is ready. In all, 2 lakh vehicles will be diverted from the EEH and the Sion-Panvel highway to the bridge (which will be the sixth on the creek—the others being Kashedi, Bhiwandi, Kalwa, Airoli and Vashi).

The bridge will connect with Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) Road, which runs parallel to the EEH. It will also facilitate traffic headed for Airoli, Kalwa and Thane.

The portion of the bridge above the creek will be 2.33-km
long. Its connectors to Ghatkopar and Koparkhairane will measure 4.15 km. The cost of construction has been estimated by the Public Works Department (PWD) and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to be Rs 535 crore.

“It can be constructed in three years once all permissions are obtained. We have forwarded the proposal to the MMRDA for funding and are jointly seeking environmental clearance. The tendering process will take about six months,” said a senior official from the PWD.

The bridge will be constructed with private participation. The developer will be allowed to recover costs and earn profit over 23 years through toll (refer to box for rates).

“The feasibility of the project is sound. The only hurdle is environmental clearance as the bridge will come up on 29 hectares of mangroves and forestland. Another concern is if it will severely impact toll collection on the Vashi and Airoli bridges by diverting to itself a substantial number of vehicles,” the official said.

Apart from this bridge, there are other projects concerning existing infrastructure on the creek. The Vashi bridge is being expanded to 12 lanes by adding another six as part of the Sion-Panvel highway expansion project, for which developers have been selected. The grandest plan concerns the 22-km, Rs 7,000-crore Nhava-Sewri sea link, for which bidding will be held—for the third time—soon.


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Old February 7th, 2011, 05:17 AM   #1918
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WHEN EAST MEETS WEST
Unending Hurdles Make Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road MMRDA’s Toughest Job Ever

Ashley D’Mello TNN 7-2-2010

Mumbai:Planned as a dream gift for Mumbai’s harangued motorists, the Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR) has been a nightmarish odyssey, the single biggest challenge, for its planning agency, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority.

Ever since work on the project commenced years ago, the 6.45-km-long route connecting the eastern to the western suburbs has faced opposition and hurdles. Slum dwellers and traders on the route have resisted the project; the railways have argued over a rail over-bridge at Kurla; and communities have had to be convinced on the relocation of religious structures.

“We have been involved with building 14 roads for the Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project and two link roads for the Mumbai Urban Transport Project in the last five years and this is the toughest,” said Dilip Kawathkar, joint project director for the MMRDA.

The Rs 242-crore SCLR is being financed by the MMRDA and is a part of the Rs 4,500-crore World Bank-assisted MUTP. Work on the SCLR began in 2005 and was supposed to have been completed in 2008. But because of the numerous delays, the project is now expected to be finished in 2012.

“This is definitely the toughest project in recent times,” said S Nage, engineer in charge of the project at the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which is the implementing agency for SCLR.

Kawathkar said the biggest challenge in SCLR was that it had to be built entirely from scratch: other roads in MUTP existed in part and had to be lengthened, not SCLR.

“There were 19 religious structures belonging to different faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Sikhism and Islam. All these structures had to relocated,” said Kawathkar. “The slum dwellers and the shopkeepers on the route did not want to be displaced and went to court. They had to be provided alternate accommodation. In all, there were over 3,700 slum dwellers.”

MMRDA officials said the 1.5-km-long rail over-bridge at Kurla being built for the SCLR is one of the longest in the region and crosses 10 rail lanes. “We first submitted drawings for an RCC structure, but, after discussions with the railway authorities, we were advised to have a steel structure. It is now being fabricated,” said additional metropolitan commissioner S Srinivas.

Getting the technicalities right for the city’s doubledecker bridge was not easy, said Nage. Further, the MMRDA had to obtain permission from the civic authorities for demolishing and relocating schools and a civic hospital at Amar Mahal Junction, said Kawathkar. The difficult road is one of the main reasons the MMRDA is asking the World Bank to extend its loan for the MUTP project for the third time in a row.

TIME WARPED

Date of commencement | Feb 2005

Original date of completion | Dec 2008

Planned cost | 127 cr

Revised cost | 242 cr

HURDLE RACE

Many of the 3,700 slum dwellers living on the planned Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road demanded to be resettled near their old homes

Opposed to the road, shopkeepers and garage owners took their complaints to the courts and the World Bank

Nineteen religious structures had to be relocated, which required lengthy discussions with community leaders before work began

In 2006, the World Bank suspended aid to the project for several months since it felt the rehabilitation of the slum dwellers and garage owners was not being done up to standards

The talks with the railways for a rail over-bridge at Kurla took over a year, after which the original design had to be changed

Even after the design of the city’s first double-decker bridge was decided, the railways had to be convinced of its soundness

Source : TOI Mumbai
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Old February 7th, 2011, 07:25 AM   #1919
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Never ending issue....
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Old February 7th, 2011, 09:06 AM   #1920
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Rich Thane is poor on infrastructure front

Mumbai: Thane ranks as the third richest district in Maharashtra,after Mumbai and Pune,given the high per capita income from a booming service sector and an age-old industrial base.The region,however,woefully lacks basic infrastructure and effective urban planning,thanks to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authoritys skewed priorities.
In the last 10 years,MMRDAs biggest contribution to the infrastructure needs of the highly-populated cities and towns of Thane,Kalyan-Dombivli,Ulhasnagar,Mira-Bhayander,Vasai-Virar,Badlapur and Ambernath has been the construction of skywalks,collectively costing over Rs 100 crore.
Yet another claim to glory for the planning agency,with jurisdiction from Mumbai to Vasai-Virar and Alibaug,and which is controlled by CM Prithviraj Chavan,has been the construction of over 22,000 toilet blocks in Thane district totally costing Rs 223 crore over 10 years,according to data complied by MMRDA and provided to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLC from Thane,Sanjay Kelkar.
There has been no realtime investment in improving basic infrastructure in Thane district.The region lacks basic urban services such as an underground sewerage facility,supply and storage of clean drinking water,roads and public transport services.None of the urban local bodies in Thane district has a dumping ground,"Kelkar said.
MMRDAs achievements in Thane include the construction of a skywalk at Kopri taken up after protests by citizens and political parties,besides the setting up of 7,000 toilet seats under the Nirmal Abhiyan sanitization project.The key projects of having three flyovers on Ghodbunder road are progressing at a snails pace.Only 10% work has been completed when the scheduled date of completion was January 31,2011.MMRDA has failed to deliver where it is needed the most, said resident Mahesh Nawar.
The planners at MMRDA have come under criticism from citizen groups and political leaders,who point out that the bodys special attention to Mumbai has adversely affected development planning in Thane.Today,Mumbai has far outgrown its capacity to tackle more people.The need of the hour is to spend on infrastructure and connectivity in adjoining Thane district,which is now the preferred residential destination,given the high cost of real estate in Mumbai.If connectivity and transport services are improved,the economy will get a boost,and Mumbai will soon be the suburbs of Thane, said Shiv Sena leader and legislator Eknath Shinde.
MMRDAs fascination with skywalks has come under criticism from activist and Vasai legislator Vivek Pandit .. MMRDA constructed a one-km skywalk at Vasai for Rs 18 crore.Today,it is used largely by collegians to pass time.I had deputed surveyors for three days from December 27 last year to check the footfalls.Of the 90,000 who walked to Vasai station,only 1.05% used the skywalk.Was there a study conducted before taking up such projects at the cost of public money he asked.

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