In a major fillip to the ambitious coastal road project which envisages building a road along Mumbai’s Western sea front, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that his ministry would take up the project on priority.
“The projects pertaining to coastal roads were long pending with the UPA government. We will try clearing such projects in limbo,” Environment Minister Praksh Javadekar told reporters in Mumbai.
He further claimed he will discuss vital projects affecting the city with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
“Mumbai’s Costal Road proposal and proposals to construct bridges on Mithi river to be taken up on priority,” Javadekar tweeted later in the day.
A Joint Technical Committee set up at the insistence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had in January 2012 recommended reclamation of the sea to build a coastal freeway which it claimed would help save Rs 12,000 cr of public money compared to capital intensive sea links. The 35.6 Km coastal road was to extend from Nariman point till the far western suburb of Kandivali and would cost around Rs 8,000 crore.
The project was to be executed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation which in February this year finalized consultants for carrying out a detailed project report (DPR) on the Mumbai Coastal Road project, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finalised consultants for the study.
The corporation has narrowed down on a consortium of Indo-French consultancy firm STUP Consultants Pvt Ltd and multinational consultants Ernst & Young.
The state has estimated that nearly 9.8 km portion of the sea will have to be reclaimed for the project and hence will require clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests and other government agencies.
Javadekar said he would take up projects stuck for environmental clearances with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. “I will be meeting the CM and state minister of forests, rehabilitation and relief works Patangrao Kadam on Monday to get things moving,” Javadekar said.