Coastal road’s Marine Drive-Ban­dra sec­tion set to have 4 in­ter­changes

Ramps To Help More Ve­hi­cles Use The Road, De­con­gest City

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - CITY - Vi­jayV.Singh@ times­group.com

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

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