MMRDA to par­tially fund Be­la­pur-Thane coastal road

`5,038-CR PROJECT NMMC read­ies blueprint for project, which will be com­pleted in two stages

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s plan for a 27-km-long, eight-lane coastal road from Be­la­pur to Thane got shot in the arm as the MMRDA as­sured mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) Ra­jan Vichare to share half of the project cost.

The City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) will also be ap­proached to al­lo­cate funds.

He held a meet­ing with the Mum­bai Metropoli­tan Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity com­mis­sioner, UPS Madan, on Thurs­day to take stock of de­vel­op­men­tal projects be­ing un­der­taken by the plan­ning body.

“The es­ti­mated project cost is Rs5,038 crore. The NMMC, nat­u­rally, can­not bear the full cost. Hence, I have re­quested the MMRDA com­mis­sioner to al­lo­cate funds for the project,” the MP said.

The project aims to rid the cities of traf­fic snarls and de­con­gest roads by build­ing al­ter­na­tive routes.

“The NMMC has pre­pared a blueprint for the project, which will be com­pleted in two stages. In the first phase, 10.5-km-long road from Be­la­pur to Vashi will be built while the sec­ond phase will see con­struc­tion of 16.5-km-long road from Vashi to Thane,” Vichare said. The sec­ond phase of the project will see con­struc­tion of 16.5-km-long road from Vashi to Thane.

The NMMC had al­ready made a pre­sen­ta­tion of the plan to Ma­ha­rash­tra Coastal Zone Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity, he said.

Be­sides the coastal road

project, the MP dis­cussed other MMRDA projects on the Thane Be­la­pur road in the meet­ing and was dis­ap­pointed with the slow pace of work, in­con­ve­nienc­ing com­muters and

mo­torists. How­ever, he hailed the speed at which de­vel­op­ment works in Navi Mum­bai, Thane, Kalyan, Dom­bivli, Am­ber­nath and Bad­la­pur are be­ing car­ried out by the civic body.

San­jay Desai, NMMC ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, Tube, MMRDA chief en­gi­neer, Surve, Na­gar­goje, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, among oth­ers, were present in the meet­ing.

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