The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will partially open the city’s most delayed flyover project to the public on Monday.
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan will inaugurate the 190m-long southern arm of the Barfiwala flyover, which has been under construction for over five years.
The two-lane arm will help vehicle owners reach Tipu Sultan Chowk (Juhu Galli) in Andheri (west) from Gokhale Bridge.
The distance can be crossed in a few minutes without waiting at the traffic signals on SV Road. Nearly 70,000 vehicles use this stretch of the road to enter and exit Andheri from the Western Express Highway.
The MMRDA, based on studies in 2003, had planned the flyover to tide over the congestion at SV Road Junction and Barfiwala Road. It had proposed a four-lane flyover, which would be split into two arms having two lanes each.
The entire flyover begins on Phadke Marg and goes on to split into two arms at the Rajiv Gandhi Chowk ending at the common point at Gokhale Bridge.
Work on the project was commissioned in 2006 and the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation
was asked to construct the project.
The cost was pegged at Rs24 crore. However, the project got stuck in land acquisition problems and the cost increased to Rs42.5 crore.
“We are committed to provide the ever growing east-west connectivity to the city. This arm of the Burfiwala flyover is one such step towards achieving that goal,” additional metropolitan commissioner, Ashwini Bhide said. MMRDA officials claim that the entire flyover will become operational only by next year.