Eastern Freeway on track, major chunk to be ready by Jan-end
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The Eastern Freeway, which promises to provide uninterrupted connectivity from the eastern suburbs to south Mumbai, is now in its final stages of construction and a major portion of the stretch is on track for completion by January 31, 2013.
Four years after construction started, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), is now left with the launching of concrete segments on just 25 spans of the 313, from Orange Gate in south Mumbai to Anik.
"About 7.5 km of elevated road from Orange Gate to Anik is ready. We are working on the wearing coat and road medians there," said Ashwini Bhide, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA. The development authority plans to finish the launching activity by January 15, 2013, and then work on the black-topping of the road.
MMRDA lost nearly a month after an accident during launching activity that killed a labourer and injured seven others.
The freeway, being built at a cost of Rs 1,135 crore, will provide relief to commuters from the eastern suburbs, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Panvel and Pune, and is expected to halve traffic on the Eastern Express Highway and Ambedkar Road. According to MMRDA estimates, it will be able to service 1.5 to 2 lakh vehicles every day towards its peak.
"Around 85 per cent work on the four lanes of the Anik-Panjarpol Link Road is done. We are yet to finish about 30 metres of concrete lining of the tunnel, which will be part of this road," Bhide said.
The MMRDA is also yet to complete about two slabs on the viaduct at Trombay and finishing of the four lanes it plans to open to traffic in January.
The Panjarpol-Ghatkopar Link Road will take longer to complete as the MMRDA is still grappling with land acquisition issue.