After much action on the part of activists and environmentalists, BMC’s controversial coastal road project’s southern part on Friday received environment clearance from the ministry. According to senior civic official, project work will start from October this year.
The southern part which stretches for 9.98 km, from Princess Street flyover to south-end of Bandra Worli Sea link, has received the clearance. Speaking to Free Press Journal, a senior civic official said, “The Bandra Worli Sea Link naturally divides the coastal road into two parts and the issues affecting the two parts are substantially different.”
Rs 1,000 crore has been allocated in the recent BMC budget for the coastal road to be built along Mumbai’s western sea front. The proposed 35.6-km arterial road will connect Nariman Point in South Mumbai to the city’s western suburb of Kandivli. It is expected to ease vehicular movement in the city.
Another civic official added that the environment ministry’s expert panel has issued the clearance with 16 specific conditions for carrying out the project. The project has been heavily criticised by activists’ groups and environmentalists as they cited that the project will affect marine life.
The coastal road project is financed with the civic body’s funds and is planned to complete work in four years. The reworked and updated total estimated cost of the project has been increased to Rs 15,000 crore.