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The Brihamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday decided to partially shut down the newly inaugurated Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road (GMLR) for extensive repair work. Built as Mumbai's costliest flyover project, the ₹713 crore stretch was opened to the public on August 1, to decongest traffic in the central suburbs. The shutdown decision has stemmed from several complaints of two-wheeler skidding and an unfortunate bike accident, earlier this week.
Northbound stretch of GMLR shuts down for traffic till Sunday
As per the orders by BMC, the northbound stretch of the flyover was shut down on Wednesday and will remain shut till Sunday. Repair work on the southbound stretch will begin after the completion of the aforementioned stretch. BMC has also given orders to restrict the movement of two-wheeler vehicles at the GMLR till October 1.
Further, U-turns will not be permitted on the flyover direction till October 1. Motorists routing from the Eastern Freeway towards Vashi are suggested to take the Sion-Panvel Expressway in order to avert traffic bottlenecks, Senior Inspector of Mankhurd Traffic Division said.
Speed-limit to be restricted for four-wheelers from one side
BMC officials informed that the flyover is designed to carry vehicles at a speed of 50 km per hour, however, it was observed that four-wheelers and two-wheelers were speeding over the flyover. The GMLR in Mumbai, in its short run of one month, has been the subject of several complaints related to speeding and two-wheeler skidding.
The Bridges Department of the BMC has therefore decided to install CCTV cameras and additional rumblers to keep a check on road rage. Speed bumps will also be installed at every 500m through its 2.9km-long route, to further this agenda. The civic notification also highlights a reduced 30-50km/hr speed limit here, in order to prevent any further mishaps.