The city's planning agency promises to complete most of its road projects connecting the eastern suburbs to the island city by June 2011.
These projects include the ambitious Eastern Freeway Link, which will connect the island city to Chembur in the eastern suburbs, the elevated Sahar Road, which will link the international airport to the Western Express Highway, and the 700-m long Milan Subway flyover in Santacruz (East).
"According to the our periodic reviews, all these projects have gained a good momentum, especially after the pace slowed down during the monsoon. Hence, we are confident that all these projects will be completed by June 2011," said metropolitan commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) also claims that the Lalbaug flyover and King's Circle flyover too will be ready by June 2011.
If the MMRDA's estimates are accurate, the drive to the island city from the eastern suburbs and back will be cut short by next year. Currently, traffic snarls are common along Dr BA Road, a crucial link in the central suburbs.
The 22-km long Eastern Freeway Link, which is being built at a cost of Rs 518 crore, will connect the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales museum) to the Eastern Express Highway via the Anik-Panjrapole and passing through the Mumbai Port Trust.
"We've had a few hiccups on this route, especially after getting permissions from the Government of India for the saltpans area. However, apart from that there seem to be no further roadblocks on this route," said. Gaikwad.
The Sahar elevated road, which aims to tackle the traffic congestion on Andheri-Kurla Road, will link the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to the Western Express Highway at the Bahar cinema junction. The elevated road is being built at an estimated cost of Rs 232 crore.
The MMRDA has been constantly drawing criticism from experts, who have been questioning its claims of getting the first Metro rail line, the 11.07-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar route, ready by June 2011.
The first Metro line will carry an estimated 6 lakh commuters per day.