The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials have announced that the Panjarpol-Ghatkopar Link Road (PGLR) will now be thrown open to traffic sometime in May next year.
Authorities had planned to commission the third phase of the project by December this year, but due to unforeseen circumstances, they have had to reverse their earlier decision.
Additional Metropolitan Commissioner Ashwini Bhide said, “Earlier, we were confident of opening the PGLR for traffic before December, but during the construction work of the road, we got to know that a BMC pump house and a transformer was coming in the way, and so the opening of the road will be further delayed by three to four months.”
The holdup means that the wait for motorists, looking to get to Ghatkopar from south Mumbai, just got longer. Presently, traffic is diverted at Panjarpol, which takes motorists approximately 30 minutes to reach Ghatkopar.
Once, the third phase of the Eastern Freeway project is commissioned, motorists will cover the distance in merely seven minutes. The 9.29-km long first segment of the Eastern Freeway and the 4.3-km long Anik-Panjarpol Link Road was thrown open for traffic few months ago.
The entirely elevated 4.3 km long Panjarpol-Ghatkopar Link Road is the third part of the Eastern Freeway project. Once completed, the 13.59-km long freeway will provide signal-free connectivity to Mumbaikars and ease their traffic woes to a great extent. The 13.59-km stretch has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 900 crore.