After flagging off the city’s first Metro early this month, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will, on Monday, inaugurate two more transport infrastructure projects — the Kherwadi flyover on the Western Express Highway, and the final stretch of the showpiece Eastern Freeway.
Chavan will first inaugurate the Kherwadi junction flyover at 3 pm, and then at 3.30 pm, proceed to open for traffic the Eastern freeway stretch that can take commuters directly to the Chembur-Mankhurd link road, said Dilip Kawathkar, spokesperson of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The authority is the implementing agency for both the projects.
The 580-metre-long Kherwadi flyover will help south-bound traffic to skip the congestion at Kherwadi junction. With the completion of this flyover, which will have three lanes, south-bound commuters will now be able to have a signal-free ride on the entire Western Express Highway between Dahisar and Worli using a string of flyovers. The project is also among the fastest-completed flyovers in the city, with the construction having begun in November 2013. “The south-bound arm has been completed in just 226 days,” Kawathkar said. The MMRDA will, after securing traffic permissions, start the construction of the north-bound arm of the flyover. After consultation with the traffic department, the authority had decided to take up the construction of the Rs 21-crore flyover arm-by-arm to avoid grave inconvenience to commuters on the Western Express Highway, an arterial road.
The last stretch of the Rs 1,250-crore freeway that the chief minister will open, Panjarpol-Ghatkopar link road, is a 2.8-km elevated road that will enable motorists to travel from P D’Mello road in south Mumbai to the mouth of Ghatkopar in roughly 30 minutes. The road will ease traffic at the Panjarpol junction in Chembur where the freeway at present terminates.
The MMRDA had earlier expected to complete the elevated road last December, after inaugurating a freeway in June 2013. However, Panjarpol-Ghatkopar link road was delayed due to obstacles like transformer and a pumping station of the city’s civic body on the Panjarpol side. Similarly, work was delayed on the other side too due to a delay in acquiring land.