All you need to know about the recently-inaugurated BKC-Chunabhatti Connector

On Sunday, caretaker Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis announced about the opening of the new flyover that would possibly reduce travel duration by 30 minutes between Sion and Dharavi in Mumbai

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On Sunday, Mumbaikars were greeted with a pleasant surprise as Maharashtra caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted about the inauguration of the long-awaited Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC)-Chunabhatti connector which is expected to reduce travel time by up to 30 minutes between Sion and Dharavi in Mumbai. He tweeted that the route was now open for public use starting Sunday evening.

"A fish belly shaped elevated corridor, passing through BKC, Babubhai Compound, Central Railway (near Sion), Duncan Colony, Harbour Line (Chunabhatti station), Somaiya ground and lands at EEH, is our yet another step towards bringing ease in living for Mumbaikars," the caretaker Maharashtra CM added.

A Masterstroke For Congested Traffic-Ridden Mumbai Roads

Drivers in Mumbai have always been posed with heavy traffic during peak hours that result in a delay for hours as they travel towards their respective offices. The connector comes amidst the cries of people demanding solution to the age-old problem.

Here's how people reacted:

The route is a 1.6-km long, 17-metre wide and 4-lane flyover that provides a faster route to the arterial Eastern Express Highway. The BKC-Chunabhatti Connector is expected to greatly reduce traffic jams in the area, which is of Mumbai's renowned business hubs.

Open After Protest From The Opposition

Mumbai Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Nawab Malik had earlier tried to forcibly inaugurate the Chunabhatti-BKC flyover. Malik accused that the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials were deliberately not throwing open the road link to suit the schedule of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

The project had been long-pending and already had missed several deadlines before it finally saw the light of the day on Sunday. MMRDA had planned the project in 2014 at an estimated cost of ₹156 crore. The project aimed to provide motorists with a direct route from BKC to Eastern Express Highway.

Currently, only small vehicles from bikes to cars are allowed on the carriageway. Trucks and heavy vehicles are not allowed.

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