The work on the carriageway was started in the wee hours of Saturday and Sunday night successfully.

Another such 450-tonne steel carriageway is to be launched very soon. These two 61-meter long steel carriageways, embedded with more than twenty thousand high strength friction grip bolts, will serve motorists as they cross over from the Eastern to the Western side – and vice versa – of the city.

“The launching of this huge steel carriageway was special. It was fabricated at Bidar and assembled in Mumbai before launching. This would probably be rated as the most challenging tasks even in the railway history which was completed owing to the seamless coordination between the railway and MMRDA engineers”, said Ashwini Bhide,

Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, who was present while some ‘heavy-duty’ activity was carried out.

“The technique used for the launching of the carriageway is unique”, explained Sharad Sabnis, Chief Engineer, MMRDA, who also was present while the girder was launched along with various top railway officials.

“The 12-m wide carriageway was placed on the temporary trestles, erected between the two rail tracks, and pulled with the help of specially manufactured steel skid rollers and guide rollers. The entire 61-meter steel carriageway was launched in three parts – 17m, 22m and 22m – during the three blocks granted by the railways”, said Sabnis.

The MMRDA expects to launch the second, and the final, carriageway very soon to provide, before monsoon, better East-West connectivity to Mumbaikars.