IN THE process of appointing a peer-review consultant, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is expecting a new alignment for the Goregaon Mulund Link Road (GMLR) only by the beginning of next year. Officials said that the project, which has been delayed, will undergo an overhaul in terms of realignment as the current route proposed will hinder various other projects. The Rs 1,300 crore project is expected to improve the city’s east-west connectivity.
The feasibility study of the proposed road has already been done by a consultant. The BMC now wants an expert review to suggest two to three alternative routes. BMC has already spent Rs 7 crore in the process. The civic body is expected to complete the entire work within three years.
Once the alignment is finalised by January 2016, BMC will undertake a tendering process to execute the project.
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A senior civic official said, “The earlier route was presented by consultants without a foolproof traffic dispersal study, soil sampling and its impact on existing projects. It would have been impractical to execute the project… We, therefore, called for a review. We are expecting to receive bids by October 8.” BMC will spend about Rs 3 crore for the review.
The proposed alignment passes over the Bhandup Waterworks Complex, where BMC has proposed another water treatment plant. The project is set to provide the city with 1,886 million litre of water.
A 14.66 km route, GMLR will be the fifth east-west corridor. According to the earlier plan, the stretch was to be developed as a four-lane freeway passing through Aarey Colony, Saki Vihar, Bhandup Complex and joining LBS Marg at Mulund.