As part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) plans, the Eastern Freeway will be extended via elevated roads from the Shivaji Nagar end to the Ghatkopar signal. The elevated roads will traverse Kamraj Nagar and Ramabai Colony. A former plan called for extending Shivaji Nagar Road until Ghatkopar, but it was postponed because it would have destroyed mangroves. However, the project will now resume.
New development to cater to increased vehicular load
The Vilasrao Deshmukh Freeway in Mumbai, popularly known as the Eastern Freeway is set to get a new upgrade with an elevated road project on cards. The current route links South Bombay to Chembur via a 16.8 km-long road and once extended, the stretch will terminate at Ghatkopar. This scheme has been undertaken with the rationale of providing easier and direct commute to an increased vehicular load.
Reportedly, the Eastern Freeway has been built on the land acquired from the Mumbai Port Trust. The route was opened to the public in 2014 to provide a direct-mode travel facility from the central suburbs to the island city. Standing as one of the strongest pillars of the city's transit infrastructure, the Eastern Freeway has two northbound lanes and two southbound ones.
Meanwhile, the MMRDA is further deliberating over a tabled plan to build an elevated road from Ghatkopar to Thane. As per reports, this project has been proposed by the Minister for Urban Development and MMRDA chairperson Eknath Shinde to cater to the increased traffic in the said region. The MMRDA Commissioner has also backed the elevated road project, read reports.