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Monday, 5 May 2014

Take a guess: In which Indian city is this fabulous flyover?

The Santa Cruz – Chembur Link Road in Mumbai , shortened to SCLR, is a 6.45 km long arterial road in Mumbai, connecting the Western Express Highway (WEH) in Santa Cruz with the Eastern Express Highway (EEH) in Chembur. It contains India's first double-decker flyover.
 The six-lane road was constructed as part of the World Bank-funded Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) at a cost of Rs 454 crore.
 The World Bank withdrew funding midway through the project due to repeated delays, and the second phase was financed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) with its own funds.
 The SCLR was opened to the public on 18 April 2014.
 The maximum speed limit for all vehicles is 30 kilometres per hour (19 mph) Halting or parking of vehicles on the entire stretch of SCLR is prohibited. Entry is prohibited for pedestrians, heavy vehicles (except any bus carrying passengers), all types of bicycles, tricycles and auto tricycles used by the disabled, all types of animal carts and hand-pulled carts.
 The Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR) is aimed to ease traffic snarls at Amar Mahal
Junction, Vakola, Sion and Kurla areas and will also significantly de-congest the Eastern and
Western Express Highways
 The throwing open on this SCLR Project will also reduce traffic chaos at Sion and Kalanagar junctions. This will enable commuters travel from Santacruz to Chembur in a mere 15-20 minutes. The commuters can take Vakola Junction road to reach the upper level of the Double Decker flyover to reach Eastern Express Highway directly with the help of Amar Mahal Junction flyover. The commuters will take the lower level of the flyover and turn right to reach Kurla Railway Station and turn left to reach Lokmanya Tilak Terminus.
 The SCLR – providing three lanes each for up and down traffic – is expected to carry more than 80,000 vehicles per day.
The upper and the lower levels of the flyover provide two lanes each for up and down traffic.
The Authority has also provided footpaths on the lower level flyover for commuters who intend to cross over from Kurla Station to LT Terminus and vice versa.
 The Santacruz-Chembur Link Road project faced innumerable court cases, various issues related to resettlement and rehabilitation, encroachment etc. However, the Authority successfully resettled and rehabilitated more than 3,500 families. This included residential, commercial as also religious structures.
 Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, commonly abbreviated as MMRDA, is a body of the Government of Maharashtra that is responsible for the infrastructure development of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
MMRDA was set up on the 26th January, 1975 under the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority Act, 1974 Government of Maharashtra as an apex body for planning and co-ordination of development activities in the Region.

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