In an attempt to start the much-awaited widening of the 21 km-long Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg (LBS) the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has recently issued the work order for the project involving an investment worth Rs.400 crore and the construction work is set to start shortly. The road stretch in question is one of the busiest roads in the city as it is the crucial east-west connectivity and the project was lying pending for more than a decade now, BMC sources said, adding that the road will be widened to three lanes on both north and south-bound lanes. The civic body has identified bottlenecks of 5 kms on the road that will be cleared in the widening, wherein, it has prioritized the plan to give space to pedestrians. The LBS stretch, from Sion to Mulund, is heavily congested with vehicular traffic largely due to the overcrowded railway stations nearby and that the road widening plan also included building footpaths on the entire stretch, they claimed.
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