Hurdles cleared, Eastern Freeway on track

Mumbai January 3, 2011: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s (MMRDA) ambitious project Eastern freeway connecting south Mumbai to Ghatkopar via P D’ Mello road, MbPT road, Anik and Panjrapol has overcome a major hurdle. The Eastern Freeway got a major impetus after the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) gave clearance to a part of the project, which would overrun mangrove land. The MMRDA will finish the entire project by December 2011. The MCZMA allowed the MMRDA to cross the Mahul creek, mangroves near Bhakti Park in Wadala and the adjoining BPT pipeline for the Anik-Panjarpol Link Road.
“The commuters from the eastern suburbs presently have two options to reach south Mumbai and vice-a-versa – take the Eastern Express Highway and then move on to Dr Ambedkar Road or PD’mello Road, or take a detour from Sion on to Mahim Causeway to the Tulsi pipe road or the Bandra-Worli sea link. With the work under full swing the Eastern Freeway will be boon to commuters that will reduce travel” said Mr. Dilip Kawathkar, Joint Project Director, PR, MMRDA.
The 22-km-corridor will be completed in three phases: the first 12-km-stretch from Fort to Anik depot, the second 5-km-phase from Anik to Panjarpol, and third 2.5-km stretch from Panjarpol to Mankhurd and then to Ghatkopar on the Eastern Express Highway.
The Rs 531-crore Eastern Freeway would also provide an alternate link to residents of Thane and Navi Mumbai. The work on the Twin Tunnel is also under a full swing which is a part of Eastern Freeway, located at the hill that falls in the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre area.

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