BKC-Chunabhatti (EEH) corridor likely to be inaugurated this Saturday
After missing multiple deadlines, the BKC-Chunabhatti (EEH) elevated corridor is finally ready and likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Mumbai visit on September 7.
According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the last minute work on the overpass is being sped up to meet the inaugural date.
The corridor starts from Somaiya Grounds on Eastern Express Highway before the Sion flyover and ends at G Block near MMRDA building in BKC. Once open, it will provide major relief to thousands of motorists who travel between BKC and EEH every day.
It will also ease congestion in areas like Kurla and Sion, along with taking some load off the Sion-Dharavi Link Road and Santacruz-Chembur Link Road.
MMRDA was initially expected to complete the project by December 2018. However, after several delays, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a revised deadline of March 2019.
Some design changes led to additional delays, and since the contractor could not lay asphalt during monsoon, the deadline was changed to September-October 2019.
Meanwhile, PM Modi is expected to kick off several infrastructure projects in Mumbai, Nagpur, and Aurangabad during his visit, scheduled days before the model code of conduct for the Assembly elections comes into effect.
Incidentally, the timing of the flyover’s inauguration has many raised eyebrows, with some motorists questioning if the project could have been completed earlier.
“It’s no surprise that the corridor is being opened just before the elections. But what about all the earlier delays? Surely MMRDA is competent enough to execute a project of this scope on time,” questioned Kunal Shah.