By Accommodation Times News Services
Mumbaikars travelling through air will now get a relief from the heavy traffic congestion on the way to airport, as Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today on 12th February, 2014 at 9 a.m. inaugurated the much awaited signal-free Sahara Elevated Road, at Vile Parle (East) and now the road is open for the public. The 2.2-km elevated road connected to Western Express Highway connects the Chhatrapati Shivaji international Airport Terminal-2 in 5 minutes flat.
“We want to make Mumbai city traffic free and to achieve this goal, we have recently launched projects like Eastern Freeway, Terminal 2 of the international airport and now the Sahar elevated road, through which we will be able solve traffic problems of this city,” said Chavan at the inauguration.
An approach road of 262 meters to a 98-meter underpass from the Western Express Highway makes this project unique insofar as the cityscape is concerned. The elevated road – with 3 lanes each for up and down traffic – will help faster entry and exit to and from the international airport and help decongest roads and junctions on Western Express Highway in and around Andheri East. The corridor will help reduce distance, travel time, fuel consumption, operating costs of vehicles and pollution.
The 400-crore elevated road has been constructed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) with assistance under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Talking about the other infrastructure and transport projects, he said, “the authorities like MMRDA and the state government are working on the commencing of some of the delayed projects, which are the part of the mission to reduce the traffic, The first phase of Metro Rail project- Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar- is likely to commence operations next month. Similarly, the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road will also be open for vehicles in the next 2-3 weeks. The work on the third metro-Colaba-SEEPZ, is also likely to start soon.”