Mumbai: The Eastern Freeway, which is yet to be thrown open to the public, seems already strained by all the expectations pegged on it.

A couple of hours after the Freeway was inaugurated by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan around 3.30 pm on Thursday, MiD DAY’s photographer Bipin Kokate noticed that a portion of the bridge had collapsed near Yellow Gate. A crane was positioned under the spot, ready to get cracking at the repair work.

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The planning authority was facing severe criticism for not opening the freeway earlier for the public, especially when Mumbai was battling with submerged roads owing to the torrential rains.

The Rs 847-crore Eastern Freeway slashes travel time between south Mumbai and eastern suburbs to less than half an hour. The Freeway will be a unique tourist attraction as it is the first road in the city to have twin tunnels. Starting at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre hill, it ends at Gautam Nagar near Panjarpol. Both passageways in the tunnel are 500 m in length. Only one tunnel will be thrown open now. The other will be operational next year.

Crack developed in Mumbai Eastern Freeway

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan with deputy CM Ajit Pawar inaugurating the Eastern Freeway Flyover in Mumbai

Vehicles drive on the newly-built eastern Freeway in Mumbai


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