Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray visited the ambitious Rs 12,000-crore coastal road project site Saturday. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had been pushing the project ahead of the crucial BMC polls early next year. Thackeray, along with BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, toured the coastal stretch to inspect the land. “The bhoomipujan is likely by the monsoon season next year. The pre-qualification bids for coastal road project have also been started,” said Uddhav.
The BMC chief, meanwhile, revealed that some international companies had also evinced interest in the mega project.
According to Thackeray, the rock under the sea could be used for tunnel work. He also indicated that the project work will not affect the landscape along the Girguam Chowpatty stretch near the Priyadarshaini Park.
In the last two years, the chief minister had accorded highest priority to push the coastal project. Fadnvais thrice during his visit to Delhi, had taken up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union ministers to expedite the clearances and facilitate the work on the 35.6-km stretch between Nariman Point and Kandivli.