Five years after its construction started,CM Prithviraj Chavan inaugurated Thursday the first phase of Eastern Freeway. The road connecting south Mumbai to Chembur opens to public Friday evening or Saturday morning.
CM said transport infrastructure projects worth nearly Rs 5,000 crore would be commissioned in the city this year and that projects worth nearly Rs 40,000 crore were in the pipeline.
In an international city,the standard of living should also be of international quality. The state government has to ensure not much time is spent traveling between home and office in Mumbai, Chavan said,adding that projects such as Eastern Freeway,Santacruz-Chembur Link Road and Mumbai Trans Harbour Link would do that.
After Eastern Freeway,MMRDA is likely to commission monorail from Chembur to Wadala by August-September and the first Metro corridor from Versova to Ghatkopar through Andheri by yearend. It opened the Milan rail overbridge last month.
MMRDA is also likely to inaugurate the Sahar elevated road if the new airport terminal to which it will connect Western Express Highway is completed by yearend.
Santacruz-Chembur Link Road,which will enhance connectivity between eastern and western suburbs,is nearing completion.
The infrastructure projects to be commissioned in Mumbai in the next five-seven years include Mumbai Trans Harbour Link,an elevated road between Worli and Sewri to connect to Eastern Freeway and harbour link,Colaba-Bandra-Seepz underground Metro corridor and a multi-modal corridor between Virar and Alibag.
CM is also pushing for environmental clearance to a coastal road around Mumbai and Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd Metro.
The minister for environment and forests is scheduled to visit the city next week and we will talk to her about projects facing environmental hurdles in Mumbai, Chavan said. Deputy CM Ajit Pawar said they recently discussed infrastructure projects in Mumbai with the Prime Minister and the Union finance minister.