Ganesh Chathurti is both the most joyful and possibly the most taxing festival period in Mumbai. While it’s amazing to see all the festivities and joy, sometimes the view is a little obscured by the realisation that we are running thirty minutes late for office because of traffic. Don’t trust Google Map: we’ve laid out the roads best avoided during this season if you want to stay in the supervisor’s good books.

South Mumbai

VP Road in Girgaon is a hotbed for immersion routes heading toward Girgaon Chowpatty. The road will remain closed for vehicles; which means that adjoining areas will be badly hit. We advise that you stay far away from CP Tank, SVP Road, as well as all roads leading off Dr Bhadkamkar Marg nearby.

In the same area, Jagannath Shanker Sheth Marg {extending from Princess Street junction to SVP Road Junction, near Opera House} and Dr BA 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 that Elphinstone Road turn, and especially the roads near Dadar Station.

Central Mumbai

Photo source: Amarjeetarc via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Photo source: Amarjeetarc via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Shivaji Park Road number 3 {near Sena Bhawan} will be shut for cars, beginning from the Gokhale Road junction to the Ranade Road junction. Tilak Bridge, Cadel Road and other adjoining roads of that area will remain closed as well, courtesy the Lal Baugcha Raja Ganpati immersion route.

Western Suburbs

Avoid SV Road at all costs between 9pm and 3pm. Apart from this, also stay clear of Juhu road stretching 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 {ie, between 3pm and pm}, avoid Versova Road {leading to Yari Road} unless you want to get swept up to Versova Beach as well.  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.

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 Featured photo: Parikshit Rao