By Accommodation Times News Service
The Sahar elevated road corridor is all set to provide faster connectivity between the Western Express Highway and the airport’s new Terminal 2, which is scheduled to be inaugurated by the prime minister on January 10.
Once the road is open, motorists will be able to traverse the distance in five minutes instead of the 30 minutes it currently takes because of traffic congestion on Sahar Road. The elevated road originates near Hanuman Nagar junction on WEH and ends at T2. “The elevated road corridor is ready. Final touches are being given to the tunnel built by Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL). The delegates attending the inauguration function will take the elevated road for T2 from WEH on January 10,” said a senior MMRDA official.
The full use of the “elevated road will, however, take some more time”. An official explained, “According to my information, MIAL will need some time to shift a few facilities to the new airport terminal. The operations date for Terminal 2 will be declared on the inauguration day. As per my assessment, it will take at least a week.”
Built at a cost of around Rs 400 core, the elevated road project has missed several deadlines. “The construction faced many impediments such as resettlement and rehabilitation of project-affected families, non-availability of land from various government departments, difficulties in diversion of traffic as well as various underground utilities. Also, the construction had to be carried out only during restricted working hours owing to the close proximity of the construction site with the runway,” said another MMRDA official.
The MMRDA has built an underground 9.5m-long underpass to cater to the traffic going to the airport from the southern side of the Western Express Highway. “This is the city’s first vehicular underpass built with cut-and-cover technology,” said an official.