India's second longest flyover will be made open to the public in Mumbai on Thursday. Almost 17 kilometre long, it is dubbed as India's longest flyover in an urban area in Mumbai.
The much-awaited Eastern Freeway being thrown open Thursday ahead of schedule, after angry citizens tired of braving potholed, congested roads, protested the delay in throwing it open.
Officials were reportedly waiting for a VIP from the Centre but now Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will inaugurate it, bringing relief to thousands of Mumbai's motorists.
The freeway, built at a cost of Rs 850 crore, is 16.8 kilometre long and connects South Mumbai via the PD'mello Road, to Ghatkopar, in one signal-free ride.
About 14 kilometre of the freeway will be thrown open for now - nine kilometre from Orange Gate to Wadala and five kilometre from Wadala up to Chembur. The remaining three kilometre, which includes a half-km long twin tunnel will be open by the end of the year.