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Rs. 357-CR Road To Ease Mumbai-JNPT Traffic

jnpt-webThe JNPT, CIDCO and National Highways Authority of India have come together to build a road that would reduce the distance between the Navi Mumbai Special Economic Zone and the JNPT with Mumbai. The project that will reduce the journey from Mumbai to the upcoming Navi Mumbai Special Economic Zone in Dronagiri and India’s most modern port Jawaharlal Nehru Port trust will cost the state a whopping Rs. 357.8 Crore. The project has been jointly taken up by the National Highways Authority of India, JNPT and CIDCO to reduce the distance between Mumbai and the southern part of Navi Mumbai. Known as Aamra Marg, the work on the road has begun already Since the Belapur route need not be taken after this, it will cut the total distance to be traveled by half. The authorities are planning to make it a toll free road that will encourage more to ply from here. Presently those traveling to Uran have to cross the two-lane service road from Belapur and Uran, which is in a very pathetic state. But as the only other option is going via Panvel, which increases the distance by nearly 11 kms, people continue to use this road despite warnings. The road was meant only for checking pipes and other services. It is banned for vehicles, as bridges on that 30-year-old road are weak. But commuters still ply from the bridge. CIDCO is playing safe and has not yet opened the plots along the proposed road for development. Originating from the Palm Beach road junction near Belapur, this cemented highway will join State Highway (SH) number 54, connecting JNPT and Uran. The road will have two bridges – one over the Panvel creek that will be a one-km-long six-lane bridge and the other over Vahal creek that will be a 60-m-long one. The bridge will have 15 culverts for effective drainage and 18 ducts, keeping in mind the future requirements of laying cables and other connecting devices. Other than developing the Aamra Marg, the project involves widening the national highways NH4B, NH4 and SH54. The work began in November 2004 and is scheduled for a completion around May 2007.

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