Saki Naka traffic to stay off-track until Metro reaches destination


By Chittaranjan Tembhekar

The ongoing Metro work is inconveniencing many in the city but among those affected the most are the motorists who have to navigate Saki Naki junction daily. During peak traffic hours, it can take anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes to cross the signal, making it perhaps Mumbai’s most painful intersection .

During the rest of the day too, it is by no means a cakewalk.

An important gateway between western and eastern suburbs, Saki Naki junction receives 9,000 vehicles in one hour during peak time from Andheri, Ghatkopar, JVLR and Kurla. Every day, streams of vehicles get stuck at the intersection , partly due to its narrowness and partly because of the construction of Metro-I , which runs through the junction . What does not help is the potholed surface of the intersection and of the roads leading to it.

Traffic police and experts say the Saki Naka problem can be considerably eased if the authorities implement a clutch of small and big changes, such as widening of roads and creation of bypasses.