Coastal road’s Marine Drive-Bandra section set to have 4 interchanges
Ramps To Help More Vehicles Use The Road, Decongest City
Mumbai: The proposed coastal road along the western shore will have multiple interchanges — ramps to get on or get off the almost 30-km artery — to encourage motorists travelling shorter distances to use it and help decongest the city’s internal roads.
In the first phase of the coastal road from Marine Drive to Bandra, there will be four interchanges — at Amarsons garden in Breach Candy, Haji Ali, Worli and Bandra. These interchanges, with doubledecker ramps, will cover two of the coastal road’s eight lanes (four in each direction).
“We planned the interchanges on the coastal road to encourage motorists travelling shorter distances to use it, which will decongest the inside roads. It will reduce city traffic,” said additional municipal commissioner Sanjay Mukherjee. For instance, a motorist travelling from Marine Drive to Mahalaxmi can take the coastal road and exit at the Haji Ali interchange instead of going up Peddar Road.
Officials said the interchanges have been planned after studying the locations and examining all details of the areas. A large part of the interchanges will be on reclaimed land and only the landing will be on existing roads, said engineers, stressing that they will not block views from existing buildings and are, therefore, unlikely to meet with opposition from local residents.
The BMC has prepared a draft plan for the interchanges which it will share with interested consultants. Once selected, the consultant will have the option to come up with its own design for the ramps, but the suggested landing directions are final.
The BMC had made a budgetary provision of Rs 1,000 crore in 2016 in the hope that work can begin on the coastal road, but there has been no progress and the amount has