After seven years of laying the foundation and Rs 1,463 crore expense, the Eastern Freeway, connecting South Mumbai with Eastern suburbs is now fully operational.
Today afternoon the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan inaugurated the 2.8-km Panjarpol-Ghatkopar link, which is the third and the final section of the 16.4-km elevated Freeway.
Constructing the Eastern Freeway was most challenging as it involved construction of tunnel road through a small hill and creating elevated road of 23 meters at the Panjarpol junction.
The Eastern Freeway was commissioned in a staggered manner with the first section being commissioned in June 2013.
With all the sections of the Eastern Freeway opened for traffic, motorist from South Mumbai bound for Ghatkopar would be able to save more than 45 minutes of driving time.
Chavan addressing the media after inaugurating the link said that Eastern Freeway should not be soon in isolation but it seen as part of other infrastructure such as mono and metro rail, which is drastically reducing the commuting time of Mumbaikars.