Cen­tre gives cru­cial green nod to city’s trans-har­bour link

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Faisal Ma­lik faisal.ma­lik@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The Mum­bai Trans Har­bour Link project that will con­nect the city to the Navi Mum­bai air­port got two key Cen­tral gov­ern­ment clear­ances on Satur­day, paving the way for work to be­gin nearly five decades af­ter it was first en­vis­aged.

The project got Coastal Reg­u­la­tory Zone (CRZ) clear­ance and for­est clear­ance, but with cer­tain riders.

The Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (MMRDA) — the nodal agency for the 22-km-long MTHL — how­ever said th­ese riders were just for­mal­i­ties that will be com­plied with soon.

With the clear­ances in place, au­thor­i­ties said ten­ders invit­ing com­pa­nies to be­gin con­struc­tion will be floated by March. The gov­ern­ment wants to fin­ish the project by 2019, the year it goes to polls.

CM Deven­dra Fadnavis, while making the an­nounce­ment on Satur­day, said both clear­ances came just be­fore PM Naren­dra Modi was to take stock of their sta­tus through a video con­fer­ence. “The day the PM was go­ing to take a re­view of the MTHL project, the much- awaited CRZ clear­ance was given in the morn­ing and by af­ter­noon, the for­est clear­ance was is­sued,” Fadnavis said.

There are now two main con­di­tions state au­thor­i­ties need to ful­fil. “The For­est Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (FAC) of the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and Forests ( MoEF) wants a re­vised FRA cer­tifi­cate from the dis­trict col­lec­tor. It also wants the state for­est depart­ment to give it de­tails of where the land for com­pen­satory af­foresta­tion is,” said a se­nior of­fi­cer not wish­ing to be named.

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