State panel nod to coastal road pro­ject for city

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ke­taki Ghoge ke­taki.ghoge@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The 33.20km-long coastal road that will pro­vide an eight­lane link from Na­ri­man Point to Kan­di­vli along the west coast got the state coastal au­thor­ity’s nod on Wed­nes­day, with cer­tain green rid­ers that the state must com­ply with.

The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (MCZMA) eval­u­ated the pro­ject – op­posed by some cit­i­zens’ groups and ac­tivists – in its last meet­ing on Jan­uary 16.

The min­utes of this meet­ing, is­sued on Wed­nes­day, say the pro­ject - a com­bi­na­tion of bridges over the sea, el­e­vated roads, re­claimed land and un­der­sea tun­nels - will be rec­om­mended to the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, For­est, and Cli­mate Change (MOEFCC) for a fi­nal go ahead.

This, how­ever, will be sub­ject to the state com­ply­ing with 11 con­di­tions, in­clud­ing set­ting aside 2% of the pro­ject cost to­wards restora­tion and con­ser­va­tion of the man­groves, birds, mud­flats.

With the MCZMA nod in hand, the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) will be­gin push­ing the ten­der­ing process, even as it awaits the fi­nal min­istry nod, said a se­nior bu­reau­crat.

Sources in the chief min­is­ter’s of­fice said the pro­ject will be ten­dered for ac­tual work in phases to dif­fer­ent con­trac­tors so some of the links can be com­pleted ahead of the 2019 As­sem­bly polls.

In De­cem­ber last year, the cen­tral govern­ment amended the Coastal Reg­u­la­tory Zone no­ti­fi­ca­tion,2011, to al­low recla­ma­tion of land to build the Rs12,000-crore coastal road, giv­ing an in-prin­ci­ple go ahead to a pro­ject that has been pend­ing for the past four years.

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