Confirming the same, MMRDA Commissioner UPS Madan said, “In order to check the number of motorist using the freeway, we will soon be starting a traffic study which will be conducted round the clock for a week.”
Before the freeway was thrown open, MMRDA had said that the freeway would help in decongesting Dr Ambedkar Road and also in bringing down the traffic from P D’mello Road. However, after the opening of freeway, it was observed that while the motorists were seen using the freeway, the number of those using it was less than expected. There was not much relief to those using the Dr Ambedkar Road.
A traffic department official said, “After the opening of freeway there has been a decrease in traffic on Dr Ambedkar road by more than 20 per cent.”
When questioned about why fewer motorists were taking the freeway, an MMRDA official requesting said, “It is too early to comment about the number of vehicles using freeway but we are confident that there will be many motorist who will soon start using the freeway.”
This signal free and fast corridor of Eastern Freeway connects the Island city with the Eastern suburbs and it was stated by MMRDA that this road would also alleviate traffic woes predominantly in areas of Chembur, Sion, Dadar etc. “The thousands of commuters traveling from South Mumbai towards Thane-Nashik and Panvel-Pune-Goa will not only save time but also save invaluable fuel,” the official added.