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Roads In Maharashtra

Spreading across 267,452 kilometres, the road network of Maharashtra is the largest in the country. The six neighbouring states of Maharashtra are connected via 17 National Highways. Maharashtra also has a huge state highway network with a total length of 3688 kilometres. As of March 2010, 97.5 per cent of the villages in the state were connected by roads that can withstand all weather conditions. In April 2002, India got its first fully operational access controlled toll road, the Yeshwantrao Chavan Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

Expressway in Maharashtra

Eastern Express Highway

One of the busiest roads in Mumbai Metropolitan Area, the Eastern Express Highway, or EEH, is a part of National Highway 3. With a total length of 23.55 km (14.63 mi), this highway serves Mumbai city by connecting proper city to eastern outskirts and also to Thane which is a metropolitan area. This north to south artery of Mumbai is 6 lanes wide (that is, 3 lanes in each direction) for most part with more than a dozen flyovers or grade separators.

Eastern Freeway (Mumbai)

A controlled-access freeway, the Eastern Freeway in Mumbai connects P D'Mello Road (South Mumbai) to Eastern Express Highway (Ghatkopar). This 16.8 km long freeway has an estimated cost of INR1250 crore (US$190 million). Built by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the Eastern Expressway was funded through the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) by Government of India. The contract for construction was given to Simplex Infrastructure Ltd. The daily traffic across the Eastern Expressway is of around 35,000 vehicles.

Mumbai Pune Expressway

The official name of the Mumbai Pune Expressway is Yeshwantrao Chavan Mumbai Pune Expressway. Spanning over a distance of 93 km or 58 mi, it is India's first access controlled tolled six-lane concrete, high-speed Expressway. Mumbai, which is not only the administrative capital of Maharashtra but also the financial capital of India, is connected to Pune, the educational and industrial hub, through this Expressway. This Expressway became fully operational in 2002 and introduced completely new levels of aped along with safety for automobile transportation. No wonder it is one of India’s busiest roads.

Mumbai Nashik Expressway

This 150 km (93 mi) long Expressway connects Mumbai to Nashik. The Mumbai Nashik Expressway project was India’s largest BOT road project when it was awarded and the total cost of this project is INR40 billion (US$610 million). The Vadape-Gonde (Mumbai-Nasik) section of the National Highway-3 stretches for 99.5 km. This project involves increasing the number of lanes in this section to four.

Mumbai-Vadodara Expressway

The Mumbai-Vadodara Expressway is supposed to connect Vadodara in Gujrat to Mumbai in Maharashtra once it has been constructed as part of the Golden Quadrilateral Project by NHAI. The estimated cost of this project is INR 6672 crore (US$1.0 billion) and the Expressway is expected to be 380 km in length.

Western Express Highway

Running in north-south direction, the Western Express Highway, abbreviated to WEH, is an 8-10 lane arterial road in Mumbai. It stretches from the suburb of Bandra to Dahisar. Beginning near the Mahim Creek, this highway extends for 25.33 km (15.74 mi) to Mira-Dahisar toll booth in the northern part of the city. Further, it continues as Mumbai-Delhi National Highway 8. This highway connects Mumbai to its outskirts including the Sahar International Airport.

Western Freeway

The main aim of the ambitious Western Freeway project is to reduce traffic congestion in the busy city of Mumbai, India and also the suburbs. This transportation infrastructure project involves the construction of many bridges over the Arabian Sea. The Western Freeway will extend from Marine Drive in South Mumbai to Kandivli in the north covering a distance of 29 km.

Major State Highways

With 18 national and several state highways, Maharashtra has a wonderful network of roads. The total length of the road network is 33,705 km. Some of the major highways in Maharashtra are MH MSH 1, MH MSH 3, MH MSH 6, MH MSH 9, and MH MSH 10.

Bandra–Worli Sea Link

The Bandra–Worli Sea Link is officially called Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link. It connects Bandra in the Western parts of Mumbai to Worli in the south of Mumbai. The bridge has pre-stressed concrete-steel via ducts on both sides and is supported by cables. The Bandra-Worli sea link is part of the proposed Western Freeway that will connect Western suburbs to Mumbai’s major business district, the Nariman Point.

The total cost of this bridge constructed by Hindustan Construction Company was INR 1600 crore (US$240 million) and this project was commissioned by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). This is an eight lane bridge. The first four lanes were opened for the public on 30 June, 2009 while all the eight were opened on 24 March 2010.

The average traffic on Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) is 37,500 vehicles per day and it reduces the average travel time between Bandra and Worli from 60 to 90 minutes to 20 to 30 minutes during peak hours.

Some other Major Roads of Mumbai

  • Currey Road Bridge
  • DadabhaiNaoroji Road
  • Falkland Road
  • JeejabaiBhosleMarg
  • Jogeshwari – Vikhroli Link Road
  • LalBahadurShastriMarg
  • Linking Road, Mumbai
  • P D'Mello Road
  • Pedder Road
  • Sahar Elevated Access Road
  • Santa Cruz – Chembur Link Road
  • SionPanvel Highway
  • Swami Vivekanand Road, Mumbai

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