Expressing concern over the Worli sea face getting congested and more polluted due to the proposed Worli-Sewri elevated connector, the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has asked the city’s development authority to conduct a public hearing for the residents.
This is likely to result in more delay for the Rs 490-crore project, which the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had originally hoped to get off the ground by 2013-end.
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“Traffic problems will be exacerbated due to landing at the Worli sea face area, leading to severe traffic congestion and increased air pollution in the area,” MCZMA has said in the meeting with MMRDA for the project.
Besides a wider public consultation with residents of the Worli sea face, MCZMA has also asked MMRDA to submit a detailed report on the impact of the project on the air quality at Worli sea face.
The 4.25-km road has been planned to act as an intermediary between the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and the proposed Mumbai Trans Harbour Link from Sewri to Nhava Sheva.
The MCZMA had also directed MMRDA to explore if there can be more exits to the Worli-Sewri road to connect to other parts of the city and if the corridor can be redesigned accordingly.
“We are still working on this. Providing more exits to the corridor was something that was discussed during the meeting. At that time, however, we were not directed to hold a public hearing. We have recently received the minutes of the meeting where MCZMA states that a public hearing needs to be organised. We are yet to decide on a date for the public consultation,” said an MMRDA official, who did not wish to be named.
The elevated road, which will be complete in four years once construction starts, will begin at Narayan Hardikar Marg in Worli and end near Sewri railway station. The project execution is likely to be complex as it requires the rehabilitation of close to 800 families living along the corridor and permissions from the Central Railway and Western Railway to take the road over suburban railway tracks.