Mumbai : The much-awaited Sahar elevated road which aims at providing faster connectivity between Western Express Highway and Mumbai airport’s new Terminal 2 is likely to open for motorists next month.
The road requires some finishing touches and will be officially inaugurated only after the T2 terminus is operational, said MMRDA chief UPS Madan.
The elevated corridor is 2.2 km long and 27.5 m wide, providing 3 lanes each for up and down traffic. The signal free elevated road starting from Western Express Highway at Hanuman Road Junction in Vile Parle reaches Terminal 2 directly. “The elevated corridor is the only corridor in the India to be built on one pone with spines, the structure is called as the fish belly structure, ” Chief Engineer of MMRDA Sharad Submis said.
Additional commissioner of MMRDA said, “the work of the corridor is almost complete but we are awaiting a certificate from the safety commissioner after which an official inauguration will be announced.
The officials also added that the main reason for the delay was the rehabilitation of 700 residents. There are still people living in the vicinity of the elevated road due to which the utilities for them had to be restored.
The elevated road cost around Rs 400 crore whereas the original cost was Rs 276 crore. There has been a 20 percent increase in the cost of the road. The project has been missing several deadlines and is likely to be opened for motorists by February.
The road will ease traffic congestion on Western Express Highway, more importantly at the Andheri-Kurla road junction, he said.