Having tasted public outrage for arriving late on his first public meeting on Friday,Chief Minister Ashok Chavan made it in time for the inauguration of two flyovers and an underpass in the city,courtesy a chopper ride over the citys traffic jams.
According to senior Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority officials,Chavan opted for the aerial mode of transport as he had engagements at Dhule after the function.
At the public interaction on Friday,Chavan was scheduled to arrive at 4 pm,but was over 40 minutes late,leaving those assembled rather agitated.
On Saturday morning,Chavan reached Thakur Complex junction in Kandivali at 10 past nine and threw open the 644-metre flyover for motorists. Later,he inaugurated the flyover at Santacruz domestic airport junction. It is a two-way carriageway,one measuring 714 metre. A vehicular underpass 350 metre long and 24 metre wide at Bhor junction,Kandivali,was also opened to public.
Chavan said the flyovers would smoothen traffic. Mumbai traffic will now get relief, said Chavan. He added that there would be a change in the environment due to increasing corridor speeds for faster connectivity. Mumbai will transform into a world-class city after the completion of various development and infrastructure projects, he said.
Metropolitan Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad said,A set of flyovers at B A Ambedkar Road,under construction,will be completed soon. Among these flyovers,those near Sion Hospital and Hindmata junction will be completed by May 2009. These flyovers had been delayed due to utility shifting. We made the chief minister aware of the difficulties while constructing flyovers like utilities,slum rehab,etc. He appreciated our progress, Gaikwad added.