MMRDA to dish out rupees 1500-crore road network for motorists in 2012
Milan ROB, Sahar Elevated Road, Eastern Freeway, flyovers at Barfiwala, Panvel and Kapurbawdi to be completed in the next year
By Accommodation Times (www.accommodationtimes.com)
Mumbai, December 29, 2011 – The motorists in Mumbai and Mumbai Metropolitan Region can now add a spring or two to their vehicular movement as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has plans ready to roll out a 26-km road network – worth rupees 1,512-crores – that will ease congestion on roads. The network includes three flyovers, one rail over bridge, one elevated road and the critical Eastern Freeway.
“The very intent of undertaking the Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project was to improve road connectivity and also provide east-west connectivity. The Barfiwala flyover and the two ROBs at Milan and Dahisar, provide this much needed east-west connectivity. The Sahar Elevated road will establish a direct link to the international airport and the Eastern Freeway will connect eastern suburbs with southern Mumbai. This network is being developed keeping in view the present and future demands of vehicular movement”, said Mr.Dilip Kawathkar, Joint Project Director (PR), MMRDA.
The 354-meter southern arm of the Barfiwala flyover was opened to traffic in the month of June this year and the 384-meter northern arm of this flyover is scheduled to be thrown open for motorists in the third week of January 2012. This rupees 24-crore flyover will help motorists reach western side of Andheri and back without having to spend extra time at the busy SV Road signal.
The 1,040-meter long and 24-meter wide rail over bridge at Dahisarhas has also been opened to traffic. “Incidentally, MMRDA is the first agency to erect this type of construction in railway property. Never in the past has it happened that any agency, other than the railways, could erect a rail over bridge in railway property, especially in Mumbai region”, said Ms.Ashwini Bhide, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA. The Dahisar ROB is worth rupees 50 crores.
The rupees 42-crore rail over bridge at Milan subway, Santacruz, is 700 meters long and will provide two lanes each running up and down. This ROB will not only provide the east-west connectivity but also solve the perennial problem of water logging as the area is a low lying area. This crucial rail over bridge is heading for completion in the second quarter of 2012 what with most of the resettlement and rehabilitation issues solved including that of religious structures.
The Sahar Elevated Road is yet another critical road link that will please international travelers arriving in or leaving the city. This rupees 288-crore 2-km long elevated road will provide a dedicated link between Western Express Highway and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The elevated road provides three lanes each for up and down traffic and is slated for completion in the second quarter of 2012. This project is funded under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) with 35% and 15% of the project cost contributed by GoI and GoM respectively.
The Eastern Freeway is one more project that is funded by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. This project is divided in three parts – One, the corridor from P.D’Mello Road to the beginning of Anik-Panjarpol Link Road; Two, the corridor from Anik to the beginning of Panjarpol-Ghatkopar Link Road and Three, Panjarpol to Ghatkopar. The first 9.3-km corridor is worth rupees 531 crores, the second 5-km corridor is worth rupees 148 crores and the third 2.5-km corridor is worth rupees 168 crores – making it a 16.8-km freeway worth rupees 847 crore.
The highlight of the project is the twin tunnel – first in the city – on the stretch from Anik to Panjarpol. The Authority is planning to complete the left-hand-side tunnel, which will provide 4 lanes, by the second quarter of 2012 and the entire project by the end of 2012.
There is development in progress outside Mumbai too. The two very important flyovers – one at Panvel and the other at Kapurbawdi – are coming up outside the city. The 1,700-meter long 4-lane wide flyover at Panvel is being constructed at the cost of rupees 145 crores and the 3,850-meter long and 2-lane flyover with five arms at Kapurbawdi is being constructed for rupees 166 crores. While the Kapurbawdi flyover is expected to be thrown open in the second quarter of 2012, the Panvel flyover is looking at completion by the end of 2012.
“We are confident of rolling out the road network. This year we opened flyovers at Bharatmata-Lalbaug, Maheshwari Udyan-Tulpule Chowk, Barfiwala (southern lane) and Suman Nagar which are serving the city in style. People, normally, take a bit of time to adjust with the new developments and change to newer traffic habits. But, I must say, the city-folks responded to our 11-flyover project splendidly. We now look forward to completing a few other projects in the coming year”, said Mr.Dilip Kawathkar, Joint Project Director (Public Relations), MMRDA.