Pimpri: The work of the Empire Estate Flyover bridge constructed by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) at Chinchwad, is in the final stage. Currently, work is in progress for the construction ‘expunge’ joints of the bridge and painting. The bridge is 1.6 kilometre long and will be the longest bridge in the city. The bridge crosses Pavana river, railway track and old Pune-Mumbai highway. If the flyover opened for vehicular traffic till the April end as planned by the civic body, then, it will open eight years after commencement of
Deputy engineer and spokesperson of BRTS department of PCMC Vijay Bhojane said, “The flyover at Empire Estate was approved in 2010. The actual work of the bridge was started on April 6, 2011. The work of the bridge is 95 per cent complete now. The civic body trying to complete BRTS work on this route in a timely manner.”
According to Bhojane, the flyover is likely to be a vital link between eastern and western parts of Pimpri-Chinchwad. The BRTS road is being started from Kalewadi Phata, which can be reached from bridge to auto cluster and further to KSB Chowk and Dehu-Alandi Road. There will be a separate road for vehicles and BRT from this road of about 10 kilometres.
Currently, the work of the bridge from MM School to Pawana river is going on. After completion of this work, the PCMC could open this flyover for vehicular traffic. The painting work of the bridge is underway. This bridge will be open for vehicular traffic by April. Using this road, people from Kalewadi can directly enter the industrial estate in Chinchwad.
This road will reduce the stress on internal roads in Pimpri, Chinchwad. Residents of Wakad, Pimpale Nilkh, Kalewadi, Hinjawadi, Tathawade, Kivale, Ravet are also going to benefit from this road. Eastern parts that include Kudalwadi, Moshi, Bhosari, Dehu, Alandi, Sambhajinagar, Shahunagar and Chikhli areas will also benefit from the road.
The work of the flyover was delayed to financial problems of the contractor. Since more than 50 per cent work was completed, the PCMC was caught in a dilemma about completing the work.
Instead of issuing a fresh tender, the civic body decided to get this work done by the same contractor as it is not feasible for the civic body to hire a new contractor.