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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority recently approved the construction of flyovers, a vehicular underpass and conducting detailed project reports for two other projects in Mumbai. MMRDA also cleared a road improvement project at Chheda Nagar, Ghatkopar East, on Eastern Express Highway.

MMRDA will construct a four-lane 40-metre flyover with two approach roads of 180 metres and 220 metres at L&T junction on Shil Phata-Mhape Road. The project includes concretisation of a 1-km long road with three lanes each for up and down traffic and providing for 6.5-km long service roads. The project will cost around Rs.47.50 crore.

Two more flyovers proposed over Ghansoli Naka and Talawali Naka and at Savita Chemicals junction, along with a vehicular underpass at Mhape junction, were also approved.

The 1.4-km long flyover at Ghansoli Naka and Talawali Naka with 2+2 lanes (Rs.108.81 crore), the 600-metre long flyover at Savita Chemicals junction with two lanes running in Thane-Belapur direction (Rs.26.54 crore), and the 500-metre long and three-lane vehicular underpass at Mhape junction, from Thane to Belapur (Rs.19.63 crore), will be constructed at an estimated total cost of Rs.155 crore.

“All the projects underline the priority given to transport and communication as far as the city is concerned. Connectivity will remain the centre of all or any infrastructure development, for, that is the need of the hour,” said U.P.S. Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.

The Executive Committee recommended – to the Authority – road network improvement project to rid the traffic chaos being created by the innumerable vehicles assimilating at Chheda Nagar from the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road and the Eastern Freeway. Both these roads provide hassle-free traffic movement only to be slowed down at Chheda Nagar, Ghatkopar East.

Besides, there is a proposal to construct two flyovers and an elevated road to decongest Chheda Nagar. This will include a 680-metre long and three-lane wide flyover (Rs.57.66 crore) from Sion to Thane, running parallel to the existing three-lane flyover. Another 1,240-metre long two-lane flyover (Rs.94.39 crore) will run from above the existing Chheda Nagar flyover and carry traffic from Navi Mumbai to Thane. The 650-metre long and two-lane elevated road (Rs.52.28 crore) will connect the existing Chheda Nagar flyover with Amar Mahal junction flyover.

MMRDA also plans to appoint consultants to conduct techno-economic feasibility study and detail project reports for the sub-region of Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan, including the region’s traffic habits and demand for public transport. The DPR for the Navghar-Chirner multimodal corridor has been approved. It is expected to serve as the backbone of connectivity to Mumbai as it connects Bhiwandi Bypass, NH-3, NH-4, NH-4B, NH-17 & NH-8, and Mumbai-Pune Expressway, and will facilitate the development of growth centres at Virar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Dombivli, Panvel and Uran.

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