Mumbai: The ambitious Rs 847 crore Eastern Freeway project of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is expected to be completed by the end of 2012, a senior official said.
"The Eastern Freeway is expected to be completed by December this year," MMRDA Commissioner Rahul Asthana said.
The 16.8 km freeway is divided in three parts ? 9.3 km corridor from P D'Mello Road to the beginning of Anik- Panjarpol Link Road (Rs 531 crore), 5 km corridor from Anik to the beginning of Panjarpol-Ghatkopar Link Road (Rs 148 crore) and 2.5 km Panjarpol to Ghatkopar corridor (Rs 168 crore).
"The Eastern Freeway was necessitated after Mumbai began experiencing phenomenal growth in population, which was 11.9 million in 2001 and is expected to touch 14 million mark in 2016," Asthana said.
The project was undertaken by MMRDA under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
"The elevated road will provide faster connectivity between city, suburbs and the main land. The public transport and intercity buses towards Pune, Goa and Bangalore will be able use the freeway and the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) to avoid congested road network of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and save, at least, one hour," he said.
The express services of BEST between city and eastern suburbs, Navi Mumbai will also be able to utilise this crucial link, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, Ashwini Bhide said.
"The link facilitates goods traffic to the port and curtails precious lead-time and, of course, fuel," Bhide added.
First Published: Sunday, May 20, 2012, 21:31