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Shortcut road to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport cuts down traffic jams too

Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 8:52am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

A couple of days after a 480-metre-long road was opened over Mithi River, residents of Saki Naka and Ghatkopar are a satisfied lot. That’s because these residents can now skirt the bumper-to-bumper traffic at Saki Naka and Marol Naka junctions.

Kurla resident Anil Galgali said that this road between Saki Naka Telephone Exchange and the airport was badly needed since a very long time. “It’s better late than never. Due to this road and the bridge, it will now take barely three minutes to reach Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport as compared to over half an hour that it used to take us until now,” said Galgali, who is also a Right to Information activist.

As this road is near Safed Pool area of Kurla, it is bound to immensely benefit residents of Ghatkopar to reach the airport in the shortest possible time.

On December 29, the city’s municipal corporation had opened this road quietly. The completion of this road had been delayed inordinately due to 82 structures that needed to be shifted.

“Not too many people are aware that this is the missing link, which is a huge benefit for motorists to skip traffic jams at Saki Naka and Marol Naka junctions. Currently, this road is almost empty, making it a stress-free stretch to drive on,” said Ghatkopar resident Manoj Shah who often travels along this road.

A similar bridge is being constructed next to it over Mithi River, and this road is expected to be ready within three or four months.

Residents of Kalina and Kurla have been demanding, since at least of five years, completion of work of a similar bridge over Mithi River on the Kurla-Kalina Road. “As the bridge at Kalina is not ready, we have to take a detour to go to LBS Road,” said Kalina resident Soma David.

Boon to residents of Kurla, Ghatkopar
The road and the bridge will prove helpful to residents who, until now, used to take over half an hour to reach Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Now, it take them barely three minutes to cover the stretch. A similar bridge being built next to it over Mithi river is expected to be ready within three or four months.

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