It looks like the six-lane, elevated 3.5 km Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR) will finally be completed next year.
All 260 tenants of the 13 Mhada buildings in Tilak Nagar, that obstructed the road alignment, have finally agreed to vacate the premises and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) promised to build new homes for them in two years.
“With this move, we hope to complete the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road by next year,” said Additional Metropolitan Commissioner SVR Srinivas.
When the 13 buildings are razed and the World Bank-funded Rs 110 crore two-deck bridge gets ready, you will be able to zip between Santacruz and Chembur in 17 minutes. It takes two hours now.
Under construction for over five years, the SCLR that was to have been ready by 2005, will now open only next year.
The work was delayed on the issue of rehabilitating the residents of the 13 Mhada buildings. Of the 260 tenants, only 100 had agreed to vacate the premises, and the rest, who demanded more time, approached the Bombay High Court.
The high court directed MMRDA and the tenants to sign a memorandum of understanding that the residents would vacate the buildings and the MMRDA will fund the construction of new buildings at Navin Nagar in Chembur and hand over the plots to the residents in two years.