There’s good news for motorists plagued by traffic jams while driving to distant eastern areas such as Kalyan, Dombivli and Ambarnath.
The Kalyan, Dombivli civic polls are likely to be held in October.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Tuesday announced several infrastructure projects, including four flyovers at Mumbra and Shilphata near Thane and Rajnoli and Mankoli near Kalyan-Dombivli. These flyovers will cost Rs 127 crore.
“The flyovers are being built to tackle traffic jams as these roads are crucial for connecting Dombivli, Kalyan and other areas,” said Chavan. Motorists have a tough time travelling on the Thane-Kalyan stretch via Mumbra due to congestion as well as the bad condition of roads.
Apart from these projects, a 400-metre bridge is being built in Kalyan to connect Bhanusagar Talkies area with Netivli. It will cost Rs 40 crore and land acquisition for it has begun, Chavan said. The government also announced a 500-bed, Rs 55-crore hospital to be built at Tisgaon in Kalyan. It will be spread over three hectares and cater to the distant eastern suburbs.
“The Dombivli-Kalyan-Ambarnath belt is a crucial part of the Mumbai metropolitan region. Most residents in the area work in Mumbai and commute there daily. Our aim is to improve infrastructure in these suburbs,” Chavan said.
In all, the government is spending Rs 383 crore on infrastructure projects in these areas. To reduce traffic congestion, a Rs 157-crore plan has been prepared. The state has also asked the local civic body to build a road connecting Kalyan and Ambarnath at a cost of Rs 15 crore.