The Sahar Elevated Road, connecting Western Express Highway with Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport’s new Terminal 2, is likely to be opened on February 11.
The project, implemented jointly by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and Mumbai International Airport Private Limited, stretches 3.3km between WEH and CSIA — two lanes on either side. Plantations have been done on both the sides of this bridge for aesthetic purpose.
“February 11 has more or less been finalised as the day of the inauguration of Sahar Elevated Road,” said Ashwini Bhide, additional commissioner, MMRDA.
Another senior MMRDA official said, “As operations on Terminal 2 are likely to begin from February 12, we will have to inaugurate it (the road) by February 11.”
On February 1, while inaugurating Mumbai Monorail, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had announced that the elevated road would be opened by mid-February.
The signal-free elevated road starts from Hanuman Road junction, Vile Parle (East), and goes straight to Terminal 2. This was the missing link; reaching CSIA is cumbersome currently as the approach roads to the airport are very narrow and congested. A distance of about 4-5km from the highway to the airport requires about 40-45 minutes, crossing through Sambhaji Nagar, Rajaram Wadi, NAD Colony, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Nagar, Bamanwada, Sahar Post and Telegraph Colony, GVK Residential Colony and further on the busy Sahar road at Marol Pipeline junction.
Barring finishing touches, the work on the elevated road had been completed earlier this year.