At present, this 17-kilometre freeway connects P D'Mello Road in South Mumbai to the Eastern Express Highway at Chembur
In an attempt to improve the traffic bottlenecks, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to extend the Eastern Freeway from Chembur to Thane. At present, this 17-kilometre freeway connects P D'Mello Road in South Mumbai to the Eastern Express Highway at Chembur. The official decision regarding this expansion was taken in a board meeting headed by the Urban Development Minister of Maharashtra.
Expansion plan to tackle traffic congestion from Chembur to Thane
Currently, the highway plays an important role in easing traffic movement from South Mumbai to the Central suburbs of Chembur and Ghatkopar. However, as it ends at Shivaji Nagar, Chembur, there is a regular traffic obstruction for vehicles that are moving towards Thane. According to the report, the plan is to extend the freeway from Chheda Nagar to Anand Nagar. Apart from this, an elevated road between Anand Nagar and Saket is also a part of this plan. Additionally, to avoid the traffic congestion, a creek will be built to bypass the busy Ghodbunder Road.
As per the reports, the plans to build Kopri-Patani bridge and Kharegaon bypass road have also received an in-principle approval during the meeting as well. The bypass road is expected to decongest traffic in Kalwa, Vitava and Kharegaon. Thane has witnessed a spike in its population in the last few decades owing to the high price of real estate in Mumbai and other reasons. This has led to a huge strain on the local infrastructure.
With inputs from the Hindustan Times