THANE: Motorists’ cruised effortlessly in and out of the lake city for the second consecutive day on Tuesday as the containers and trucks were diverted towards , which was thrown open on Monday after it was shut for repairs for four months.
Notwithstanding the morning and evening peak hour rush at the , the cars, bikes and public transport buses zoomed through the toll posts without any wait.
The one-km stretch on either side of the toll post on the Express highway, which would take anywhere between an hour to three hours earlier, was cleared by motorists within 15 minutes on Tuesday.
“It used to take me hours to cross the toll post all these months. But on Tuesday there were no heavy vehicles blocking the roads and light vehicles drove in the first or second lane swiftly. It is such a relief after a long time. Finally, we do not have to get stuck in traffic for hours,” said Valerian Andrews, a resident of Anand Nagar.
Office-goers said that their daily travel time has been cut by half because of the no congestion. Motorists entering the city used to be get stuck for hours at Nahur at night. But on Tuesday, they managed to reach home within an hour as there was neither congestion nor heavy vehicles. “I was heading home after midnight and expected to get stuck in traffic; but there was no jam at Nahur nor in Thane and I reached home within an hour. I was so relieved to witness the same traffic-free roads which we used to experience before the Mumbra bypass was shut. I hope we do not face such a situation again,” said Mandar Walekar.
Meanwhile, the traffic authorities also confirmed that unlike the last four months when the bypass was shut for repairs, the traffic situation was much better. There was no congestion reported and motorists had a smooth drive.
“Earlier in the evening peak hours, the traffic congestion used to go up till Bhandup and Nahur. But since the last two days it has not been the case. Due to the bottleneck, there was minor congestion on Tuesday evening but this was only up to the toll as from eight lanes it went down to two lanes. But the situation was better than what we had witnessed when the bypass was undergoing repairs,” said Vinod Shinde, PSI traffic department.
Earlier in the evening peak hours, the traffic congestion used to go up till Bhandup and Nahur. But since the last two days it has not been the case. Due to the bottleneck, there was minor congestion on Tuesday evening but this was only up to the toll plaza as from eight lanes it went down to two lanes
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