Citizens of Mumbai will have to wait for noise barriers to be installed across the cities, mainly on the flyover as the implementing agency Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is waiting for a feasibility study to be completed by March 2011.
MMRDA has installed the noise barriers on the 1-km stretch of Kalanagar and Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) area, the area which is under their control for development on trail basis, costing about Rs 8.9 crore.
Speaking to ITP, Dilip N Kawathkar, Joint Project Director (P.R), MMRDA said, “At the initial stage, we saw a huge decline in noise decibel levels (dB), after installing the barriers, it was recorded 30 dB to 35 dB, as against the 55 dB points. However, we are doing our study till March 2011 and only then we can decide to move forward.”
“Due to non availability of local product, we have no other option, but to import it from Italy. Fracasso India Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Fracasso SpA, Italy is providing the noise barriers. It is one of the best products to control noise in the world today,” Kawathkar added.
It was reported recently that MMRDA will be installing sound barriers on flyovers at Sion Hospital junction, Hindamata junction, Thakur Complex, Malad junction, Santa Cruz airport junction, Navaghar junction and Dindoshi junction, but this will only be possible after the next three months.
MMRDA is planning to install noise barriers in phase wise manner, in which areas mentioned above will be installed in the first phase and Milan rail-over bridge, Sahar elevated road, King’s Circle-Tulpule Chowk, Lalbaug junction, Barfiwalla junction and Suman Nagar junction will be covered in second phase.
MMRDA is also planning to install it on foot over bridge (FOBs) across Mumbai under Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project (MUIP).