Green min finds ba­sic flaws in coastal rd plan WHAT THE MIN­ISTRY LET­TER SAID

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Manasi Phadke manasi.phadke@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The BMC may be push­ing for quick green clear­ance to get its show­piece coastal road pro­ject off the ground. The Union Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and Forests (MoEF), how­ever, has pointed out ba­sic short­com­ings that could spell more de­lays for the pro­ject.

In a let­ter dated July 22, the MoEF said the coastal road pro­posal rec­om­mended to the min­istry by Ma­ha­rash­tra Coastal Zone Man­age­ment Author­ity (MCZMA) has sev­eral de­fi­cien­cies — no dis­as­ter man­age­ment plan, is­sues with en­vi­ron­ment im­pact re­ports and no ap­proval from the state and cen­tral pol­lu­tion con­trol bod­ies.

The Rs12,000-crore road along the west­ern coast will con­nect south Mum­bai and Malad and is be­ing po­si­tioned as a pro­ject that would change the way Mum­bai com­mutes. But it has been mired in con­tro­versy, as it needs land from the sea and man­groves.

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