The MMRDA has razed 52 structures on P. D'Mello Road at the Orange Gate junction in south Mumbai to speed up the Rs 531-crore Eastern Freeway project. This means that work on the 22-km project, which will offer direct connectivity to the Eastern Express Highway from south Mumbai, will be completed by the July 2011 deadline.
The demolished structures include eight public utilities, two residential and 42 commercial structures that were given on lease by the Mumbai Port Trust to the occupants.
Of the 52 structures, the residents of 44 structures were to be rehabilitated. However, as only 37 of the 44 project affected persons (PAPs) could prove their eligibility and were resettled at Bhakti Park, Wadala.
“We believe in continuous dialogue with the PAPs explaining to them the rehab policy, and the importance of the public project,” said Joint Metropolitan Commissioner Ashwini Bhide.