After three years of delay, the 2.9-km-long Ghatkopar-Mankhurd flyover finally opened for traffic. The launch of the flyover comes as a big relief for travellers commuting from Navi Mumbai and Mumbai. The Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road has otherwise been highly congested. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated the flyover that has been under construction for five years.
The Construction Of The Flyover Started In 2016
The construction of the new flyover started in 2016, and it costs above ₹500 crores. While the project was meant to be ready by 2019, it got heavily delayed. BMC supposedly said that it has also levied a fine of ₹40 lakh on the contractor for the delay. The BMC also made a slight change in the design by adding a connector to the Deonar dumping ground.
The Ghatkopar-Mankhurd flyover is now open for commute. The 2.9 km long flyover will facilitate seamless connectivity between Mumbai & Navi Mumbai, bypassing 5 junctions, thus considerably reducing travel time. CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray inaugurated the flyover this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/7kv5ibPsxL
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The Flyover Will Ease Commute Between Mumbai & Navi Mumbai
The flyover makes travel easy for motorists heading towards Navi Mumbai, Lonavala, and further to Pune. The flyover will also connect Sion-Panvel Highway. Vehicles coming from Eastern Express Highway and Santacruz-Chembur Link Road can use the flyover. It will improve the traffic situation considering its connectivity to the crucial highways leading to Konkan and Bengaluru.
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Earlier, a controversy had stirred up regarding the naming of the flyover. The Shiv Sena member of Parliament Rahul Shewale had demanded that the flyover should be named after Sufi saint Khwaja Gareeb Nawaj Moinuddin Chisti. The BJP had opposed it and sought it to be named after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. While a proposal for naming it Shivaji Maharaj has been submitted, the name is yet to be approved by the BMC’s general body.