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Old 20th January 2017, 14:15   #1561
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The problem is not just from cars perspective. Everbody using the road including emergency(ambulance, dire, etc) are the ones facing the problem. So they will complain first. Check out that perspective too. Imagine the plight of someone dying in an ambulance needing to get help fast. That person is good as dead in todays scenario. I don't think that can be justified by any reason.

Its just that there is a way to do stuff. If a person is dying of thirst, throwing him into the sea is not justified. He would be just as dead.
The example of ambulances is not a very accurate one to argue on. Ambulances were never given a priority even when the metro work was not there, they still followed the traffic at that time as well and the traffic snarls on WEH have been there for ages. I am myself facing them since last 7 years atleast. Emergency vehicle movement was never planned when our great road designers constructed these roads, so why blame the metro work now for emergency vehicle movement ?

The metro work has to be carried out to solve the same traffic problem that we are talking about. There is no 2 ways on it. So, lets support them, why criticise them /

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Old 21st January 2017, 13:40   #1562
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Following at the routes that i know are having some or the other construction going on,

1. LBS Marg
2. Bandra
3. WEH
4. Town side (Several lanes are made one way)

Couple of more places which known people have told me but i would not like to mention those since i haven't crossed them, Does it make sense to dig up everything everywhere together? Specially when we know no amount of work is done swiftly or quickly and they take their own sweet time, Specially on peak times its total chaos on LBS marg and Bandra! Everybody knows about WEH.
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This new E challan system is quite funny.

In November, I got a e challan for speeding on the sealink, which was for Rs.2000. That is quite an amount by any standards, compared to the fines we are used to.

Now I forgot to pay the fine, and remembered a few days ago. Was expecting to see a higher number, since I was under the impression that the fine compounds.

I saw the fine has now become Rs.1000 Quickly paid it off and enjoyed my 50% discount
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Following at the routes that i know are having some or the other construction going on,

1. LBS Marg
2. Bandra
3. WEH
4. Town side (Several lanes are made one way)

Couple of more places which known people have told me but i would not like to mention those since i haven't crossed them, Does it make sense to dig up everything everywhere together? Specially when we know no amount of work is done swiftly or quickly and they take their own sweet time, Specially on peak times its total chaos on LBS marg and Bandra! Everybody knows about WEH.

Even Link Road is completely messed up with construction work, especially the Goregaon to Borivali stretch which is the worst and leads to a lot of wastage of time.
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Old 21st January 2017, 20:04   #1565
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Even Link Road is completely messed up with construction work, especially the Goregaon to Borivali stretch which is the worst and leads to a lot of wastage of time.

Even heavy construction near Manish Market because of which the whole of crawford market goes completely jammed up!
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Good morning Mumbaikars! I have to drop my sister to the CSI Airport today evening, and need to reach by 7 PM. For that I am planning to start at 3 PM from Pune. Would that be enough, or should I start earlier to budget for any celebratory processions related to the Municipal polls results announced yesterday?

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Old 24th February 2017, 10:12   #1567
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3 may be very cut to cut ! you are not leaving any buffer for yourself.
if all falls in place and assuming you stay near Baner/ Balewadi area this seems sufficient. I dont see any election cermony blocking roads, but following can go wrong
1) Khandala(Amrutanjan Bridge) may have some traffic. a truck breaking down there can cause 30 mins delay.
2) assuming you plan to go via SCLR( thats the fastest) Vashi bridge near toll can eat up 20 odd mins at time.

If i were you i would add some buffer and start around 2.30.
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Earlier, when I used to make brief visits to Mumbai (7-8 years ago), I felt that Bangalore traffic was much better in comparison but keeping the Mumbai traffic of those days in mind, Bangalore today is almost 10 times worse primarily due to high sales of 2-wheelers bought by reckless, rash driving and half-blind riders and of course, cabbies and autos (Uber cars are highest in Bangalore all India).

Can any Mumbaikar who visits Bangalore verify if the situation there too, has worsened significantly and if so how? I do have a friend there but she mostly travels via the locals so is blissfully unaware of the roads (not that the locals are a breeze, specially in summer). Over here I feel like hell has arrived and how.
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If i were you i would add some buffer and start around 2.30.
Thanks a lot! I will do as you suggested and start at 2:30 PM.

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Old 24th February 2017, 12:55   #1570
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Can any Mumbaikar who visits Bangalore verify if the situation there too, has worsened significantly and if so how? I do have a friend there but she mostly travels via the locals so is blissfully unaware of the roads (not that the locals are a breeze, specially in summer). Over here I feel like hell has arrived and how.
Western side of Mumbai is all screwed up.
Goregaon to powai ( 9 kms) can range from 45 mins to 2 hrs depending the time
similarly borivili to Bandra - traffic situation will be crawling all day.

Eastern side of mumbai is still fairly ok
Thane to powai is about an hour typically
Navi mumbai to powai is good too.
Thane/ Navi Mumbai to town is a pleasure to drive

Bangalore is worse ! have been then recently and traffic there is pathetic. poor infrastructure and rash drivers with no traffic sense. In Mumbai atleast people follow lane discipline. But Bangalore i didnt see this.
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Western side of Mumbai is all screwed up.
Goregaon to powai ( 9 kms) can range from 45 mins to 2 hrs depending the time
similarly borivili to Bandra - traffic situation will be crawling all day.

Eastern side of mumbai is still fairly ok
Thane to powai is about an hour typically
Navi mumbai to powai is good too.
Thane/ Navi Mumbai to town is a pleasure to drive
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Just imagine my plight by reading the below:

I travel from Mira Road to Navi Mumbai via (Ghodbunder road, since the JVLR is all butchered till Bandra) but, construction at Fountain junction started. So, Mira Road to Thane which used to take 20 mins once upon a time, now takes upto an hour. Further, when I reach Thane, there is work that is happening at Kalwa. Accordingly, I now take a de-tour via Airoli/Mulund tolls roads, which are also jammed at most times in evenings.

A journey that used to take me a max of 1.15 hours a few months back is now taking me anywhere between 2.5 to 3 hours One way!
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A journey that used to take me a max of 1.15 hours a few months back is now taking me anywhere between 2.5 to 3 hours One way!
It is a situation many of us face in Mumbai. Once a piece of construction starts on the road traffic situation worsens. "Men at work. Inconvenience Regretted" is a ubiquitous signage on Mumbai roads.

In my opinion, in Mumbai, traffic issues happen due to bad roads/constructions but in Bangalore it is mostly because of too many vehicles and small roads. Basically Bangalore infrastructure has not expanded as well as it should have.

For Mumbai, if a certain minister had not taken it upon himself to construct major flyovers in the early 90s, the situation would have been really pathetic.
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It is a situation many of us face in Mumbai. Once a piece of construction starts on the road traffic situation worsens. "Men at work. Inconvenience Regretted" is a ubiquitous signage on Mumbai roads.

In my opinion, in Mumbai, traffic issues happen due to bad roads/constructions but in Bangalore it is mostly because of too many vehicles and small roads. Basically Bangalore infrastructure has not expanded as well as it should have.

For Mumbai, if a certain minister had not taken it upon himself to construct major flyovers in the early 90s, the situation would have been really pathetic.
"The Inconvenience Regretted" is the most irritating board one gets to see on Mumbai roads. Its like the Civic body shrugging its shoulders and saying "We are going to be like this only, do whatever you want"

Mumbai too lacks the infrastructure, the WE highway is in shambles, SV Road and Link Road are the sizes of a lane. The EE highway is a tad better but over the last few years it has also started signs of clogging every now and then.
However the issue about clogged roads is a bit about discipline and vehicle size. I have seen n number of times cars coming to a stop right in the middle of the road and the "Sahaab" or "Madame" alighting casually as if they don't care a hoot for any one else on the road. This is total lack of discipline on part of driver and the person being chauffeured around. Issue compounds further based on the size and model of the car. And it worsens if the car is followed by a police escort. In the last case things are like... You get the drift.

I completely agree that flyovers are a blessing but quite a few which are also a curse. How & why?
1. These flyovers are never built to last more than 1 rainy season. The top layer invariably gets washed off with the first few showers and then the very flyover which was supposed to reduce commuting time ends up becoming a bottle neck.
2. Some flyovers have a faulty design and end up causing the traffic snarls. Case in point is the Hub Mall flyover at Goregaon. I sometimes feel its the sole cause of traffic (this is pre-metro construction era).
3. Some flyovers were built with complete lack of future planning. Case in point is the Sion flyover which started as 1 way and then was made 2 way. This has resulted in traffic jams on both sides now!
4. Aaaah, I saved the best for last - The Bandra Worli Sea Link (BWSL). I have used this piece of road for almost 2 years on a daily basis. On certain occasions the queue to pay the toll used to be so long it would take 15 - 20 minutes and then just 5 - 7 mins to cover the bridge. Then there was the exit at Worli end, clogged as always. Again bad infra planning.

Even after all this I still see hope and pray that some day the infra will be better and that roads will be smoother and free of paver blocks. Am I asking for too much?
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The WEH was choc-a-block all the way from Santacruz to Borivali national park today morning with google maps displaying travelling time as 2.5 hours.
I dropped the car at home today and took the train to office.

Any idea what caused this massive jam on WEH today ?

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The WEH was choc-a-block all the way from Santacruz to Borivali national park today morning with google maps displaying travelling time as 2.5 hours
If you're talking about South bound traffic then that's pretty normal for mornings.

But if it's North bound you're talking about, then maybe some mishap or the metro guys outdid themselves and screwed something up even further than the circus they've already created.
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