Platform 2013. Relief!

The dust, road diversions, barricades and traffic jams Mumbaikars have been enduring for the past many years are likely become a thing of the past in 2013 as several infrastructure projects near completion.

As New Year unfolds, monorail, Metro, a couple of elevated roads and another east-west connector will be gradually commissioned, bringing a major relief to commuters.

Traffic pattern of the city is set to change as the projects will provide more options to commuters in Andheri, Ghatkopar, Santacruz, Chembur, Wadala, south Mumbai and other areas, saving precious travel time. The look of the city is also in for a change.

Green, pink and blue monorail rakes and the steel-coloured Metro rakes will criss-cross above narrow roads and the white-purple and red-ochre suburban railway rakes.

The load of flyovers will be shared by an elevated freeway in the east and another elevated road taking flyers to a glitzy new airport terminal in the west. The first double-decked bridge as part of Santacruz-Chembur link road will also open for traffic.

Besides, Metro will contribute another cable-stayed bridge, second after the one on Bandra-Worli sea link, and a boxed-steel one resembling Howrah Bridge, while the eastern freeway will boast of the first set of urban tunnels in the country.

Let's peep into a promising future.

Chembur-Wadala monorail: It is the first phase of the 20-km Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle monorail being built at a cost of Rs 2,700 crore. MMRDA expects to open the first monorail in the country to public in August. The 8.3-km corridor will connect Chembur and Wadala suburban railway stations with VN Purav Marg, RC Marg, Fertilizer Colony, Mysore Colony, Bhakti Park and other areas.

Residents of these areas will no more have to rely on buses and autos. Hop on to monorail and head straight to Chembur station to go to Navi Mumbai or Wadala station will become their way.

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