It took five years for the nodal agency, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), to complete work on the Suman Nagar flyover. Now, the agency, which has come under flak for delay in completing infrastructure projects, is anxious to throw open the flyover and are awaiting chief minister Prithviraj Chavan to spare some time from his busy itinerary to inaugurate this flyover.
“We have written to the CM and are waiting for a response from his office to give us a date for his presence for the inauguration,” said a senior MSRDC official on Friday.
Officials are keen on inaugurating the project in December itself as the code of conduct for the upcoming civic polls will be imposed towards the end of the month. The inauguration is most likely to take place before December 9 as the assembly session is scheduled to start from December 12 in Nagpur.
The bulk of the work on the flyover is complete. However, officials are going slow with the finishing touches till a final inauguration date is finalised.
The 500-m flyover was planned to help motorists from Navi Mumbai, Pune or Konkan region bypass bottlenecks along the Sion-Chembur belt, over the Suman Nagar junction.
This jucntion is a chronic spot for traffic jams since the presence of a railway bridge forced the six-lane Eastern Express Highway to be narrowed to a four-lane road at this spot. It also bifurcates traffic to Navi Mumbai and Thane.