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Powai agitates against delayed JVLR rail bridge at Kanjur Marg

Which will come first? The hanging of 26/11 attacker Ajmal Kasab, petrol prices crossing Rs100 per litre or the completion of the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) rail bridge at Kanjur Marg? Should the rail bridge be named ‘Adarsh’ so that it gets all the requisite permissions?

These were some of the sarcastic slogans compiled by Mumbaikars during a protest meeting at Powai on October 21.

“I drive from Thane to Powai for work and spend nearly two hours on the road every day. The most painful part of journey is the incomplete JVLR rail bridge near Kanjur Marg,” said Vinod Sharma, a software engineer, who participated in the meeting.

Not just residents, even motorists are upset with the delayed work as they are stuck in traffic at the spot for long hours.

Taking a cue from Kurla residents who set up a monitoring campaign for the delayed Santacruz-Chembur Link Road two weeks ago, citizens have chalked out an innovative protest campaign for the incomplete JVLR involving posters, a walkathon and a street play.

“Around 50 citizens pledged to protest for the betterment of city and to get the bridge ready. We have decided to run an ‘innovative’ campaign to bring the attention of authorities and fellow commuters… this group will demonstrate on the streets with catchy slogans,” Sharma said. The campaign has also gone online with a Facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/JVLRBridge.
The World Bank-funded JVLR and Santacruz-Chembur Link Road are crucial east-west connectivity bridges. Both projects are stuck in red tape. Central Railway spokesperson said they had forwarded the permission for JVLR to the commissioner of railway safety and were awaiting clearance.

2 Responses to Powai agitates against delayed JVLR rail bridge at Kanjur Marg

  1. powaiinfo November 3, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    I am Vinod Sharma from JVLR protest
    group. Great news for the Powai residents ..below is the story if you can
    carry on.

    ”The commissioner of railway safety (central
    circle) Mr Chetan Bakshi has accorded permission for the launching of girders
    of JVLR bridge at Kanjur Marg, he has also granted the permission for the
    rail over bridge at Kopri near Thane.
    Work will begin by November 14 simultaneously
    and would probably go on for a week,” said Vidyadhar Malegaonkar, chief
    spokesperson of Central Railway.

    Meanwhile the demonstration will
    go on till we get the bridge. Yesterday we had  a meeting and decided
    that Next Tuesday evening on 8th Nov , citizens are going to walk on the
    bridge with posters. We are not going to disturb any traffic, just want
    to bring awareness and keep the pressure on the Authorities. We don’t rely
    on authorities anymore because they even don’t think of repairing the road
    till bridge is not ready. They  are responsible & guilty for  wastage
    of gallons of  fuels the Motorist burning in the Jam. That ‘s why
    the protest will continue till final outcome. The people who wants to join
    the protest can contact Vinod Sharma at sharmaa.vinod@gmail.com or 9930648110.

    With the protest  going on we
    would like also to acknowledge and  say thanks to Mr Chetan bakshi
    for clearing the last technical hurdle. 

  2. edwin dsouza December 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    pls contact me for the next event on my email id techsell64@gmail.com

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