Bandra Terminus road-over-bridge will soon connect to Western Express Highway

Bandra Terminus road-over-bridge will soon connect to Western Express Highway
The Bandra Terminus road-over-bridge

The Bandra Terminus Road Over Bridge (ROB) is of little use to commuters presently since it only connects the Bandra West to Bandra Terminus.

At the time of constructing the ROB, the initial plans included an extension which would connect it with the Western Express Highway. But, that plan was never implemented. The project was also delayed because it involved construction over heavily populated slums.

As of today, the ROB is completely congested with illegal autorickshaws who take on share-passengers from the bridge. At night, the bridge is blocked by illegally parked rickshaws on both sides. Moreover, since commuters can only use the bridge for travelling between the two stations, it isn’t used by everyday commuters who want to travel towards WEH.

WR officials claim that by extending it till the WEH, it will decrease the road traffic between Bandra’s Suburban Station and Bandra Terminus. In a meeting with MMRDA officials last week, WR suggested constructing two elevated arms over the slum areas at both ends of the ROB.

Since the ROB’s lack of connectivity has hampered its ability to ease the traffic situation, MMRDA has agreed to build the extension. A meeting has been scheduled between the high level officials of both MMRDA and WR next week to discuss the next steps.

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