Mumbai: The Eastern Freeway Project (EFP), touted as India's longest elevated road, is likely to be thrown open to traffic on Maharashtra Day (May 1). The construction work on the 16.4-km-long facility was completed on Saturday.
The project was being constructed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) as one of the showpiece infrastructure projects in the Maximum City. MMRDA chief engineer Sharad Sabnis said that 12.1 km of the EFP is completely elevated, while the remaining 4.3 km will have a 500-metre-long twin tunnel. He added that the such kind of tunnel have been built for the first time for an urban road in the country.
The freeway will connect South Mumbai to Wadala and onwards to Ghatkopar in the eastern suburbs.
Once thrown open to traffic, the EFP will be India's longest elevated road, MMRDA officials say. At present, the country’s longest elevated road is the 10-km- long overpass on the NH 1 in Panipat which was thrown open last year.
"Over 2,000 workers, 100 engineers and other officials toiled for more than two years with 1.6 million bags of cement, 32,000 tonne steel, 3,346 girders and 2,600 km-long high-tension steel wires to complete the first part of the EFP,” MMRDA officials told reporters.
EFP will be a high-speed corridor and would allow quick dispersal of traffic from South Mumbai to the eastern suburbs and onwards to Thane and Raigad to other parts of Maharashtra.