Updated: June 9, 2015 1:30:49 am
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar Monday cleared the coastal road project in Mumbai after Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis met him in Delhi.
Fadnavis, who is seeking to fast-track the Rs 12,000-crore project, urged the Centre to grant permission for reclamation in the sea and agreed to restrict it to where it was necessary.
The 35.6 km project between Nariman Point and Kandivali, along the western seafront, is likely to begin in mid-August. The project will help in decongesting Mumbai roads and create 91 hectares of green space.
Fadnavis said, “Yes, it is a dream project as it would go a long way in reducing hardships of several lakh Mumbaikars who travel long distances every day.”
The coastal stretch will be developed for tourists. The draft notification will be issued by June 15 and the final notification by August 15, Fadnavis said. The state government, along with BMC, will finance the project. The state government is seeking expertise of Netherlands in planning the coastal road project.
Fadnavis said, “The coastal road project is not just about road building. We will have in place an integrated project complete with beautification along the coastal stretch.”
In Delhi, Javadekar said in-principle approval has been granted and consultations were still on. He said the state government has been asked to ensure that reclamation of land should be “minimal” and no commercial activity should be carried out on reclaimed land. “The state government has agreed to these conditions,” he said. Sea reclamation is expected in 9.5 km and the details are being worked out.
The project, conceived by the former Congress-NCP government, remained on paper following sharp differences within the coalition.
Fadnavis said, “Congress-NCP did nothing about the project in past five years. I had promised to get it moving, and have done it in less than five months.”
A report on an integrated coastal road, along with Metro 3, between Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Corridor will be ready in three months.
Thank you @PrakashJavdekar jee for approving coastal road for Mumbai. It’s a dream come true. Best gift to mumbai by Modiji’s Govt.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) June 8, 2015
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