The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has started work on a vital stretch of the ambitious Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR). On Friday,engineers launched two 40.5-m girders,which will form the foundation for the 109.8-m rail overbridge (RoB) connecting Kurla East with Kurla West.
The RoB,which will go over the Central Railway (CR) tracks,is a crucial part of the 3.5-km SCLR project.
The project is basically a missing link and launching of girders gives us confidence that work will be completed by December this year, Metropolitan Commissioner U P S Madan said.
The six-lane,part-elevated SCLR will connect the western suburbs with eastern parts of the city and improve connectivity.
At present,those travelling from western suburbs to Navi Mumbai either take the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road,the Andheri-Kurla road or a detour from Sion to reach Chembur,which takes about 90 minutes to two hours during peak hours.
However,once SCLR is thrown open to public,motorists can reach Chembur from western suburbs in 17 minutes flat,claim MMRDA officers.
SCLR was mooted in 2003 and funded by World Bank under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP). Relief and rehabilitation of project affected people and getting clearance from CR for building the road over rail tracks delayed the project.
SCLR provides one more east-west connectivity with a double-decker flyover first of its kind in India with an arm reaching Tilak Nagar Terminus for commuters travelling towards north as well as south,one to Nehru Nagar in Kurla East and another to LBS Marg in Kurla West.