If you use the Eastern Freeway to commute from Sion to South Mumbai, then there is bad news in store.
The two permanent ramps being constructed at Anik Junction will not be ready till March next year because of the time-taking process of levelling the land at the spots where the ramps will be built.
As per the original plan, these ramps were to be ready for use by the end of this year.
Although at present motorists can use a temporary ramp at Bhakti Park, the route to south Mumbai is very inconvenient.
About 10 days ago, motorists using the temporary ramp were stopped by security guards stationed by a private developer, Anik Development Corporation, claiming that the road passing through Bhakti Park was private property.
However, following a request by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the developer has allowed motorists to use the road till December this year.
MMRDA is constructing a link road on a 700-metre stretch of marshy land, which will connect the Sewri- Chembur road and the Bombay Port Trust (BPT) road.
The south-bound ramps will be constructed on this link road. However, the marshy land needs levelling, which is a time consuming process.
The levelling process which has already started, is expected to take about 152 days, said MMRDA officials.
Once this is done, MMRDA can start constructing the link road and the ramps, which will take another three months to finish.
“As part of the levelling process, we have dumped filling on the stretch, which will be allowed to settle for 92 days. Filling will be dumped again twice, and will be given 30 days each to settle. We expect to start construction of the link road and ramps by the end of this year and it will be ready by March next year,” said an MMRDA official, on the condition of anonymity.
MMRDA is also constructing two creek bridges for motorists travelling between Panjarpol and Sion, expected to be ready by the end of this year.
Although this will allow motorists from Sion to go to south Mumbai using the freeway, after crossing the bridge, they will have to go 1.5 km towards Panjarpol and take a U- turn at the RCF bridge to go to south Mumbai.