Flyover or Tunnel – That’s The Question

With Peddar Road Residents’ Association (PRRA) strongly opposing a flyover there. This flyover was proposed to relieve the traffic conditions and improve vehicular flow. Several powerful celebrities including Lata Mangeshkar lent their voice (pun intended) to the campaign against the flyover.

Now, PRRA has proposed an alternative plan comprising of tunnels. Mumbai Mirror has published a story on this proposal.

Tunnel Vision

Peddar Rd residents send detailed proposal to Anil Deshmukh saying a network of tunnels instead of a flyover will be cheaper, and better option.


The association, which claims to have conducted a detailed study in associaton with the Indian Institute of Technology and National Environmental Research Institute (NERI), said the tunnels would not only disperse the traffic faster, they will cause less pollution and also cost far less than the flyover proposed.


Anil Deshmukh said he has not yet gone through the proposal. “I cannot comment without having gone through their proposal in detail,” he said.

I welcome any alternate plans/suggestions/recommendations/proposals made by stakeholders and citizens. So, in that spirit I welcome this proposal as well. It is entirely possible that the brains that have put it together have really done a better job than the previous proposal.

What remains to be seen is whether:
1. The local soil conditions will support such tunnels. If not, what are the costs for re-inforcing? What about seismic activities?
2. What about water-logging? What will be the provision to keep water out as far as possible and pump it out if any finds its way into the tunnels? What about power supply to the water pumps in case of severe water-logging?
3. Will the Govt. take this proposal up seriously or merely provide lip-service.

I just want my city to get the best possible option.

5 Comments so far

  1. Akshay (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 4:06 pm

    Personelly I don’t see how making a 6 lane road a 2 lane flyover would actually help it at all – not to mention the time and traffic congestion we would have to bear with will they spend 20 years building the darn thing.

  2. Aditi (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

    Considering the proximity to the ocean, I would think, it wouldnt be viable to build oceans because the soil might not support it. If they studied it then that definitely is a more interesting option

  3. Dadoji (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 6:30 pm

    akshay: Perhaps. There are other possibilities – like the 2 lane flyover being unidirectional based on a time-table like the Veer Savarkar Marg where it joins LJ Road. Project Management is a different ball-game. There is no evidence to support that tunnels will not be done in a similar disastrous manner. The crux was different though, it is good to see the residents indulge in constructive manner.

    Aditi: I thought so too. Which is why IIT and NERI consultation make it attractive. BTW, call me if you visit Vakratunda Mela. You might get to meet LD.

  4. Akshay (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 7:29 pm

    Dodoji – Well we are spending time and money on systems the mass of the people in Bombay don’t use. What percent of Mumbai’s population actually uses cars as a medium of transport – the percent will obviously be a small one – the real issue and proble the city is facing as a very obvious solution a better mass transit system. Our local train system is badly in need of upgradation.

  5. Dadoji (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 10:29 am

    Agreed that mass transit needs uplift.

    However, percentage is one thing and absolute numbers is something else. The absolute number of cars/vans/buses plying that road needs to be then contrasted with the capacity of that road and residence time to see if a flyover/tunnel is required or not. A local solution, if required, need not be held hostage to a broader solution required at city level.

    Just my thoughts.

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