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Holy Traffic, Mumbai! Roads You Should Avoid During The Festive Season

Jayati posted on 23rd August

Ten-Second Takeaway

Ganesh Chaturthi is joyful, sure but it’s also the most taxing festival period in Mumbai. While it’s amazing to see all the festivities, sometimes the view is a little obstructed by a realisation. That we are running thirty minutes late for office because of traffic. Don’t trust maps? We’ve laid out the roads best avoided during this season here if you want to stay in the supervisor’s good books.

Western Suburbs

Avoid SV Road at all costs between 9am and 3pm. Apart from this, also steer clear of Juhu road that stretches from Santacruz to Linking Road. All the roads near Juhu Chowpatty will be crowded as well. Juhu Tara Road, extending from SV Road to Koliwada should also be avoided at rush hour.

At prime immersion hours, avoid Versova Road {leading to Yari Road} unless you want to get swept up with the crowd to Versova beach. Between 4pm and 8pm, avoid Gulmohar Road leading from Irla Masjid to Mithibai College.

The Goregoan Link Road sees a lot of Ganpati crowd as well, so avoid it between 3pm and 10pm. The Malad Subway {leading to the Western Express Highway} should be avoided between 3pm to 8pm to skip the Ganpati immersion crowd.

Also avoid MG Road in Kandivali West between 2pm and 9pm.

Central Mumbai

Shivaji Park Road ‘number 3’ {near Sena Bhawan} is expected to be shut for cars, beginning from Gokhale Road junction to Ranade Road junction.

Tilak Bridge, Cadel Road and other adjoining roads of that area are expected to be shut off as well, courtesy the Lal Baugcha Raja Ganpati immersion route.

South Mumbai

V.P. Road in Girgaon is a hotbed for immersion routes heading towards Girgaon Chowpatty. The road is expected to remain closed for vehicles; which means that adjoining areas will be badly hit. We advise that you stay far away from C.P. Tank, S.V.P. Road and all roads leading to Dr. Bhadkamkar Marg nearby.

In the same area, Jagannath Shanker Sheth Marg {extending from Princess Street junction to S.V.P. Road Junction, near Opera House} and Dr B.A. Road {from the junction with Bharatmata to Bawla compound} will remain closed as well.

And then, of course, there’s Lalbaug and all its surrounding areas. Avoid the fly-overs at Lower Parel, stay away from the Elphinstone Road turn, and especially the roads near Dadar Station. The Dadar fly-over is a nightmare.

So, We're Saying...

Keep these routes in mind while planning your trips starting August 25 until September 5. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi, do enjoy the madness it has to offer.


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