5 Feb 2020

Flyover at Dwarka to be shut for two months.

Nashik: The flyover on the Mumbai-Agra highway on the stretch between Dwarka to Meenatai Thackeray Stadium would be
closed for traffic within a month by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for connecting it with a new 2.3-km flyover
that is under construction.

NHAI officials said the work of the new flyover from K K Wagh College to Jatra Hotel is going on at a fast pace. The work of
putting slabs on the beams is underway from both the sides. Once the work of putting slabs at the K K Wagh College end is
done, NHAI is planning to start linking the existing flyover with the new one.

A senior official of NHAI said, “In about a month’s time, the work of putting slabs on the flyover beams would be over. Once we
get the police permission, the stretch of the Dwarka flyover from Dwarka to Meenatai Stadium would be closed for traffic, to
link this stretch with the new flyover. The work of joining the two flyover would take another two months.”

However, the stretch of the flyover from Dwarka to Indiranagar will remain open for vehicular traffic. Those coming from
Mumbai side can descend at Dwarka junction from the down ramp and those who want to take the flyover towards Mumbai can
use the other ramp to take the flyover.

The official added that currently they have completed 60% work of the new flyover and by December-end, the entire flyover
would be ready and thrown open for vehicular traffic. The work of the new flyover began in November 2018. Officials said they
needed three more months to complete the work
Police commissioner Vishwas Nangare Patil said, “The ban on heavy vehicles from entering the city from 8am to 10pm, which
was put into effect from Monday, would put drivers of heavy vehicles into the habit of not entering the city. The aim is to ensure
that heavy vehicles like goods trucks, private passenger buses do not use the Dwarka junction. This rule will also help when
the flyover is closed for traffic.”

Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari had laid the foundation stone of the new flyover in November
2016 in view of the large number of road accidents taking place on this stretch of the highway. The actual work began in
November 2018.
Official-bearers of Nashik Transport Association presented a memorandum to the city police to reconsider its decision of
banning heavy goods vehicles in the city from 8am to 10pm daily.

President of the association Rajendra Phad said the alternative routes suggested by the police were narrow and have a rush of
small vehicles. They also argued that arranging workers for taking delivery of goods after 10 pm would also be difficult for the