If all goes as per plans, the ride to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will definitely turn into a joyride by this June.
According to officials of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority ( MMRDA), the much awaited direct connectivity to the international airport from the Western Express Highway (WEH) — the 2km long Sahar elevated road — should be ready within the next six months.
According to authority chief engineer SR Nandargikar, the entire elevated portion of the 2km long road is now almost complete.
“Now there are two crucial portions on which we are focusing. One of them is a 200mt-long missing link from Post and Telegraph colony up to the WEH. The second one is the vehicular underpass from airport colony area up to the main WEH. While work for the second phase is already under construction, the missing link work should begin in another week’s time,” Nandargikar told DNA.
However, the official agreed that constructing the missing link can become the only glitch in the project.
“There are about 786 slums in this portion which need to be removed for construction of a road connecting the highway. 120 slum dwellers — a part of Rajaram Wadi — have already agreed to shift. Talks are on with the rest. They all will be provided alternate accommodation in Kurla where HDIL is constructing houses for airport slum rehabilitation project. We expect to begin actual construction within a week,” added Nandargikar.
He further added that if the process goes as per expectation, Sahar elevated road can be commenced for traffic by June this year.
The Sahar elevated road, which is going towards the international airport, is expected to ease traffic during peak as well as non-peak hours.
This is one of the first Mumbai projects to get funding under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The total cost is Rs287 crore, out of which JNNURM contribution is Rs155 crore.
“The rest of the funds will be provided by Mumbai International Airport Ltd. MMRDA is carrying out the execution part for which Larsen and Toubro has been appointed as the contractor,” said MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar.