The north-end of the Versova bridge at theThane-Ghodbunder junction, on the outskirts of Mumbai, which connects Mumbai, Thane and rural Thane, on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway was partially shutdown after the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) closed a lane of the bridge. The south-bound two-lane bridge has also been divided into two to allow north-bound vehicles, according to media reports.
Thousands of motorists were stuck in a 25-km-long traffic jam on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway after the road developed cracks on Saturday. This will add to add to the woes of those attending Narendra Modi’s rally in Mumbai on Sunday from the outskirts of Mumbai.
According to a report in the DNA, the Thane Rural police advised the motorists to refrain from coming out on the highway while the National Highway authorities inspected the bridge and prevented the movement of heavy vehicles on the bridge.
“The bridge is 40 years old… we are in consultation with a team of experts, who will immediately conduct a structural audit to ascertain the condition and chalk out further plans as per reports,” said Mukund Attarde, NHAI manager.
“We alerted several people and generated messages on social media to avoid using the highway towards Mumbai,” said Sangramsinh Nishandar, additional superintendent of police, Thane Rural as quoted in DNA.