June 19, 2013 1:49:17 am
Though MMRDA is targeting this year-end for the opening the second phase of the Eastern Freeway,it is yet to launch more than 40 per cent of the slabs for the elevated section beyond Chembur,which will take the signal-free,toll-free road right up to Ghatkopar.
Once MMRDA is through with the launching of these slabs atop pillars,it will need about two months for finishing touches involving concretisation,black-topping,plastering,painting,illumination and erection of sign boards.
December seems like an ambitious deadline,but we are trying our best to meet it. We should be able to complete the launching work by December but finishing could take time. Work has also slowed down because of monsoon. We are done with the rest of the civil work, said an MMRDA official.
Of the 103 spans – the distance between two pillars of an elevated road – MMRDA is yet to launch 43 in a combination of concrete segments,concrete girders and steel girders. Launching activity is yet to be done in areas like Gautam Nagar,Panjarpol junction and at the other end of the elevated road near the Chembur-Mankhurd Link Road junction.
Construction on these sections was held primarily due to a delay in getting right of way,or ownership of land along the entire alignment. MMRDA got complete right of way for the 2.5-km Panjarpol-Ghatkopar Link Road in May,four years after construction started. Bombay High Court had,in two separate judgments,ordered the last set of structures that were hampering progress for nearly a year to allow MMRDA to continue construction.
For the Panjarpol-Ghatkopar Link Road,MMRDA had to rehabilitate 495 families,most of whom had encroached on the land.
The Eastern Freeway is being built in three segments and consists of a 9.3-km elevated road from Orange Gate on P DMello Road to Anik near Wadala,a 4.3-km road from Anik to Panjarpol near R K Films & Studios in Chembur and the 2.5-km Panjarpol-Ghatkopar Link Road.
Last week,MMRDA commissioned the first segment and a part of the second segment as the first phase of the freeway.
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