Motorists had another reason to rejoice yesterday. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan also inaugurated the 2.8-km Panjarpol-Ghatkopar Link Road (PGLR), thereby completing the 16.4-km long Eastern Freeway.
The elevated road is now the highest bridge in the city, standing tall at a height of 22 metres. It will enable people from the Eastern suburbs and Thane to go towards south Mumbai in about 30 minutes. Motorists will now drive far above the traffic snarls at various bottlenecks.
The 2.8-km Panjarpol-Ghatkopar Link Road will enable people from the Eastern suburbs and Thane to go towards south Mumbai in about 30 minutes. Pic/Atul Kamble
Addressing the media after the inauguration of PGLR, CM Prithviraj Chavan said, “I am very happy to present the southbound arm of the Kherwadi flyover and the Panjarpol-Ghatkopar Link Road to Mumbaikars. Both these projects will certainly change the way Mumbaikars travel.”
“The completion of this road will enable motorists to use the entire Eastern Freeway and help them cruise over traffic congestions at Dadar, Sion, Chembur, Kurla and Mankhurd. The completed Eastern Freeway is now expected to carry 65,000 vehicles every day”, said UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA.
“The MMRDA has, in the last five years, delivered projects worth more than Rs 15,000 crore and is implementing various projects worth Rs 10,000 crore. The authority will also be undertaking projects worth Rs 36,000 crore, including the Colaba-Bandra Seepz Metro Line-3, Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link, Surya Water Project and Worli-Sewri corridor,” the Chief Minister informed during his speech.
The CM further added that the government is expecting cooperation from the Environment Ministry to launch the Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd Metro Line-2. “We have raised the related issues with the Union Environment Minister during his recent visit to Mumbai,” he said.