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Mumbai: Three-year delay ends, GMLR flyover to be opened today

The 2.9-km flyover is crucial for motorists as it will reduce the travel time by 25 minutes on the congested Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road, especially on Baiganwadi Junction at Shivaji Nagar, by connecting it to the road leading towards Vashi.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: August 1, 2021 10:12:52 am
GMLR flyover, Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road, gmlr, uddhav thackeray, Aaditya Thackeray, indian express, indian express newsState Guardian Minister (Suburb) Aaditya Thackeray visited the flyover site on Saturday. (Twiiter/@AUThackeray)

After a delay of over three years, a flyover to ease commuting from the eastern part of the city to Navi Mumbai in Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road (GMLR) will be thrown open for the public following its inauguration by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday.

The 2.9-km flyover is crucial for motorists as it will reduce the travel time by 25 minutes on the congested Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road, especially on Baiganwadi Junction at Shivaji Nagar, by connecting it to the road leading towards Vashi. Chief Engineer, bridges department, Satish Thosar said the flyover will be opened for motorists after its inauguration.

After visiting the flyover site on Saturday, State Guardian Minister (Suburb) Aaditya Thackeray tweeted: “This afternoon I visited the Ghatkopar- Mankhurd Flyover with AMC Velarasu ji. The 2.9 km long flyover will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray ji tomorrow. Over the past one year, we expedited this flyover, reducing the travel time in this corridor.”

The flyover’s construction was started in 2016. In February 2020, a proposal of cost escalation and deadline extension for the work was cleared by the standing committee. The cost of the project went up to Rs 713 crore from initial Rs 576 crore. The original deadline was January 2019. The BMC had also imposed a fine of Rs 40 lakh on the contractor for delay.

Officials said the delay occurred mainly due to construction of an additional arm for Deonar dumping ground. “The arm for Deonar dumping ground is also ready and it will help garbage vans to reach the site seamlessly. The entire flyover will provide much relief for the motorists using Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road,” said another official from the BMC.

Earlier, a controversy arose over the flyover’s name as Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale had demanded it to be named after Sufi saint Khwaja Gareeb Nawaj Moiunnidin Chisti. The BJP had opposed it and sought it to be named after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

On July 29, a proposal was cleared in a works committee meeting to name it after Shivaji Maharaj.

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