As reported in TOI , on 11 Jun 2009, by Chittaranjan Tembhekar
In yet another significant move to offer speedy connectivity between eastern and western suburbs, the MMRDA has decided to build a flyover connecting the upcoming Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR) and the Eastern Express Highway (EEH).
The new flyover, estimated to cost Rs 60 crore, will start from the SCLR’s portion between Tilak Nagar and Ghatkopar and will land on the EEH between Amar Mahal junction and the Chheda Nagar flyover. “It will help people from both sides-those coming from EEH and those from Santa Cruz-in switching over to the two highways in a few minutes,” revealed R Ramanna, MMRDA’s additional chief for transport infrastructure planning.
The new project promises a small but effective addition to city’s plan for East-West road connectivity. This is the second such project being taken up after the Rs 125-crore elevated road being planned by MMRDA between Bandra-Kurla Complex and the Chunabhatti side of EEH.
“Amar Mahal is a complicated junction. In addition to that the Eastern Express Highway already has Chheda Nagar flyover. The flyover has been planned in order to bring down the traffic on other roads and facilitate easy connectivity. It does not need much resettlement,” said a senior MMRDA official.
Work on the flyover is expected to start around August once the tender is given. MMRDA floated a tender for attracting bidders on June 5. If construction starts as planned, the flyover is expected to be ready by July 2011.