Traffic Police’s red signal delays work on new roads

Mumbai under constr. road

BMC has ordered contractors to use aesthetic fibre barricades instead of the tin sheets
Lack of traffic permissions have caused a month-long delay in work being launched on 161 new roads in the city. While work on big road projects worth Rs 549 crore was to begin on October 1, the construction of 650 small roads is slated to begin on December 1.
While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is optimistic of obtaining permissions from the Mumbai Traffic Police for starting work on all the roads by Tuesday, officials from the latter said the traffic scenario across the city could be chaotic if all the roads are dug up at the same time.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta said the BMC has had about six meetings with the traffic department on this issue and a breakthrough is likely on Tuesday. “We are hoping that all the traffic clearances will come in by tomorrow. Traffic officials had strong reservations about letting the work begin on all roads simultaneously, but we have assured them that the work will be done lane-wise. All lanes in one direction will be completed by February, while the remaining lanes on the other side will be completed by mid-May,” he said.

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