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GMLR flyover to be open today after a three-year delay

GMLR flyover to be open today after a three-year delay

After a delay of more than three years, a flyover to ease traveling from the eastern part of the Mumbai city to Navi Mumbai in (GMLR) Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road will be open public following its inauguration on Sunday by CM.

The 2.9-km flyover is vital for motorists. It will reduce travel time by 25 minutes on a congested Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road, especially in Shivaji Nagar at Baiganwadi Junction, by connecting it to Vashi (Navi Mumbai). Satish Thosar, Chief Engineer, bridges department, said the flyover would be open for motorists after its inauguration.

After visiting the site on Saturday, State Guardian Minister (Suburb) Aaditya Thackeray tweeted:

This afternoon I visited the Ghatkopar- Mankhurd Flyover with AMC Velarasu ji. The 2.9 km long flyover will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray ji tomorrow.
Over the past one year, we expedited this flyover, reducing the travel time in this corridor.

— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) July 31, 2021

GMLR flyover to b open today after a three year delaygetty image

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The flyover construction was starting in 2016 year. In February 2020, a proposal of cost hike and deadline extension for the work was clearing by a standing committee. The cost of the project rises to 713 crores from the starting of 576 crores. The initial deadline was January 2019. The BMC had also enforced a fine of Rs 40 lakh on a contractor for the delay in the project.

Officials said the delay occurred was mainly due to constructing an additional construction for the dumping ground of Deonar.

Said another official from the BMC.

“The arm for Deonar dumping ground is ready and it will help garbage vans to reach the place comfortably. The complete flyover will provide much relief for motorists using Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road,”

Earlier, a controversy arises over the flyover’s name as Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale had demanded named after Sufi saint Khwaja Gareeb Nawaj Moiunnidin Chisti. The BJP had opposed it and sought it to titled named after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

On July 29, a proposal was cleared in a works committee meeting to name it after Shivaji Maharaj.

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