The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on Wednesday issued a final notification to allow reclamation for a coastal road, formally paving the way for the construction of a 35-km coastal freeway in Mumbai.
The MoEF had published a draft notification amending the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification, 2011, in June to permit reclamation for a coastal road. The ministry has, however, specified that the reclaimed land cannot be used for any commercial or real estate purposes, and the reclamation will also not impact the current CRZ line, which will remain unchanged.
A senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said, “Currently, we are in the process of conducting a peer review of the project plans. The peer review is almost at its end. We are simultaneously getting the tender documents ready. The notification has now formally paved the way for us to go ahead with tendering.”
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The coastal road project, proposed to be constructed as a combination of roads on stilt, reclaimed land and tunnels, will provide a freeway from south Mumbai’s Nariman Point to Kandivali, easing traffic in the highly-congested western suburbs.
The project, estimated to cost about Rs 12,000 crore, was hanging fire for over four years as it involved reclamation of about 150 hectare from the sea and mangroves, which until now was strictly prohibited.