To ensure speedy approval from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) for a Rs 490-crore Worli-Sewri elevated road and avoid public resistance, the city’s development authority is modifying the corridor’s alignment to connect it to the Bandra-Worli sea link instead of terminating it near the Worli sea face promenade.
This will ensure a signal-free ride from Sewri right to the western suburb of Bandra. The connectivity will be strengthened further once the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority links the Worli-Sewri road to the existing Eastern Freeway and the proposed Sewri-Nhava Sheva Mumbai Trans Harbour Link.
The MCZMA had held back an approval for the 4.25 Worli-Sewri connector stating that the MMRDA should first conduct a public hearing to gauge the suggestions and objections of residents around the Worli sea face promenade to the project. The authority had said that a Worli-Sewri connector terminating on the sea face would further add to traffic, air and noise pollution that the residents are currently having to face, with the road being an access point for the Bandra-Worli sea link.
The Worli-Sewri road requires the MCZMA’s approval as a portion of the corridor near Sewri falls under the Coastal Regulation Zone.
The plan for a Pedder Road flyover has been stalled for more than a decade due to opposition from residents.
UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner at the MMRDA, said, “I have instructed MMRDA officials to work out a flyover from the current terminating point to the Bandra-Worli sea link to connect the two roads so that there is no exodus of vehicles on the Worli sea face.”