With roads flooded due to heavy rain on Monday,civic officials reached out to MMRDA,asking when the Eastern Freeway,which is expected to relieve traffic on Dr Ambedkar Road,is likely to be opened to traffic.
MMRDA,however,said it would take a call on opening the freeway the first phase of which has been ready for nearly a fortnight only if the situation worsens.
MMRDA officials said the authority has been so far unable to commission the freeway for public use as politicians want to rope in a high-profile dignitary from the Union government to inaugurate the project.
BMC had contacted us saying we should open the freeway as there was waterlogging on several spots on Dr Ambedkar Road,such as Hindmata junction. As of now,we have decided not to open the freeway,but we may open the road depending on what the situation is, said UPS Madan,metropolitan commissioner. Traffic at Hindmata junction is mostly local,whereas the freeway will serve commuters travelling a longer distance. So,opening it may not be of much help, he added.
Aseem Gupta,additional municipal commissioner,said the civic administration has not sent any proposal asking MMRDA to open the Eastern Freeway. We know that it ready and once it is opened,it will ease traffic,especially on such days, he said. A senior BMC official said the civic body had contacted MMRDA to ask about when the Eastern Freeway would open.
Meanwhile,after traffic permissions,BMC has decided to install a traffic light at the end of P DMello Road for smooth traffic dispersal from the freeway. The freeway consists of a four-lane elevated road from Orange Gate to Anik near Wadala,an eight-lane at-grade road consisting of two tunnels from Anik to Panjarpol near Chembur and another four-lane elevated road from there to Ghatkopar.