The Mumbai Police on Thursday announced shutdown and diversions at several key routes in Dadar, owing to the ongoing Metro Line 3 work. An underground metro station has been lined up in Dadar and the construction of same will restrict regular commute. As per reports, the police order will be valid for all vehicular movement for the next 6 months, up to February 2022.
Traffic restrictions in Dadar:
The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation has begun the construction work for the underground Metro 3, Project 4 in Dadar, in full swing. This, consequently, is said to affect the flow of vehicular traffic from Lt. Anna Tipnis Chowk (Steelman Junction) to Gadkari Chowk. The Traffic Police department has announced diversions to streamline commute in the area. The following traffic diversions are in effect from August 31, 2021 to February 27, 2022 in Dadar, announced Mumbai Police:
Due to the construction of the underground Dadar Metro Station by @MumbaiMetro3 traffic regulations will be made effective between the stretch of Lt. Anna Tipnis Chowk (Steelman Junction) to Gadkari Chowk from 31/08/2021 to 27/02/2022. #MumbaiTrafficUpdate pic.twitter.com/H7SHb6MiBV
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) September 2, 2021
- People moving from Portuguese Church along Gokhale Road will be directed to a left turn from the Lt Anna Tipnis Chowk (Steelman Junction) towards Ranade Road, Dadasaheb Rege Road and Gadkari Junction.
- Traffic flowing towards Dadar TT Circle will be diverted to a right turn from Steelman Junction. From Ranade Road and Paneri Junction, vehicles will be routed towards the NC Kelkar, Kotwal Garden and then towards their destination.
Citizens complain of hampered daily convenience
"The diversions have increased my average commute time by nearly 20 minutes. The alternate routes go through some extremely narrow bylanes which are prone to bottlenecks. Dealing with this for another 6 months is going to be challenging", said Samit Sharma, a Dadar resident.
The infamous Mumbai traffic has now become a regular sight, especially for the citizens staying in Dadar. This region is a junction of the central and western suburbs and anyway is classified as one of the busiest locales of the metropolis. As per the citizens' sentiment, the metro - ease of the future has surely developed as an inconvenience of the present.