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Mumbai Coastal Road Gets Approval From Centre




The proposed Mumbai coastal road project has finally been approved by the Central government. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, tweeted last week – “Good news! Mumbai #CoastalRoad gets final environmental approval from the Central Govt.”

The ₹ 15,000 crore, project will be an eight lane 29 km road along Mumbai’s coast connecting Nariman Point in south Mumbai and Kandivali in the western suburbs. The stretch will consist of undersea tunnel, elevated roads and bridges. The project is expected to begin later this year and is likely to continue for about 48 months. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation got the clearance six years later after it was first proposed, which was stuck due environmental concerns and livelihood of fishermen.

The project will be built in two phases by BMC – the first phase will be a 9.98 km stretch from Marine Drive to the existing Bandra-Worli Sea Link and expected to complete by 2019. It will start with a tunnel at Chowpatty which will link to Priyadarshini park, after that it will pass through Bandra-Worli Sea Link. The phase will consist of four interchanges at Amarsons Garden at Breach Candy, Haji Ali, Worli and Bandra.

The second phase will cover 19.22 km road connecting the Bandra end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link to Kandivali. Work on second phase will begin after completion of first phase which will also include the 9.5 km Bandra-Versova Sea Link. The approximate cost for the two phases will be ₹ 5,300 and ₹ 9,800 crore respectively. A further extension of the road up to Ahmedabad has also been proposed.

As many as 11 companies have submitted quotation for the project. BMC is planning to shortlist bidders by end of June and work is expected to begin after monsoon. The coastal road will reduce commute time 70% on the southern section which in turn will reduce carbon emission.


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