Mumbai: A flyover to ease commute from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai on Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road was opened for traffic following its inauguration by Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday.
With this, Mumbaikars will now be able to travel more quickly between the eastern part of the city and Navi Mumbai as it will reduce travel time on the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd link road.
The flyover connects Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Marg and Sion-Panvel Highway in Mumbai.
It is noteworthy that with this new flyover, the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd travel time has been reduced from the last half an hour to about three minutes.
The CM said, “Traffic on Eastern Expressway, Santacruz-Chembur flyover and Eastern Freeway to Ghatkopar-Mankhurd road creates many bottlenecks. This new flyover built by Mumbai civic body will help resolve the matter.”
He added: “It is a relief today for thousands of citizens with the opening up of this flyover. Previously, I did not even feel like passing through this stretch but now with the construction of this flyover, it will help motorists bypass the traffic below. I just have a small request to the BMC that the surface of the flyover should be made more proper to ensure a smooth experience. However, I am proud that the BMC in such a challenging period of COVID-19 pandemic managed to complete its work.”
The Ghatkopar-Mankhurd flyover is now open for commute. The 2.9 km long flyover will facilitate seamless connectivity between Mumbai & Navi Mumbai, bypassing 5 junctions, thus considerably reducing travel time. CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray inaugurated the flyover this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/7kv5ibPsxL
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The construction of the flyover began in February 2016 with a budget of Rs 576 crore; It was scheduled for completion by January 2019 but got delayed. A fine of Rs 40 lakh has also been imposed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the contractor’s failure to complete the project on time.
As a result of the BMC’s modification in the design of the flyover by adding a connector to the Deonar dumping ground, the construction cost of the flyover increased to Rs 713 crore.
The flyover serves vehicles from both the Eastern Express Highway and the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road. According to officials, the flyover is also expected to ease heavy traffic congestion due to its accessibility to important highways leading to Konkan and Bengaluru.