After six deadlines and a delay of three years, the much-anticipated Milan Road Over Bridge (ROB) was thrown open on Friday evening after it was inaugurated by CM Prithviraj Chavan.
The 700-metre ROB will help motorists avoid the waterlogged and congested road below especially during the monsoon. When asked about the delays, an official said that the resettlement and rehabilitation of affected people took time and there were delays in obtaining permission from the railways for the steel bridge passing over the tracks.
The MMRDA started constructing the structure at a cost of Rs 41.5 crore but after missing the June 2010 deadline and five others after that the costs have escalated to Rs 82 crore. Incidentally, the ROB allows motorists a clear view of the airport and they fear that in the future many would collect on the ROB to catch a glimpse of flights taking off, causing traffic jams. Hence, they have suggested that they might install view cutters to avoid this problem.
During the inauguration, CM Prithviraj Chavan said, “The completion of the ROB is good news for motorists as it will provide them with a hassle free journey. Constructing this bridge was a challenge and I congratulate the engineers for the tough task.” He added, “We will also make sure that the eastern freeway is operational before June 7. We have carried out the trial run of the monorail and metro and hoping to open them to the public shortly.”
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