Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took to Twitter to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of State for Forest and Environment after getting final clearance for the Western Coast Road from the Centre, which is Mumbai’s prestigious and mammoth infrastructure project that will change the lives of citizens in many ways. Here are five things to know about the project:
1) The 35.6-Km coastal road is a four-lane project that will start from the Princess Street flyover at Marine Drive and continue till Kandivali, with a total of 10 interchanges is expected to cost around Rs 12,000 crore, the work is expected to begin later this year and continue for nearly 48 months, according to PTI.
2) The project required around two dozen approvals, including that of the Indian Navy, the Coast Guard and the Maritime Board Mumbai, but had trouble getting environmental clearance from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority and the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, according to The Times of India.
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3) The construction of the southern phase of the project, between Marine Drive and Bandra, will entail 90 hectares of reclamation. And for this, 4.2 million cubic metres of rock will be required. BMC officials said that they are expecting to get 0.65 miliion cubic metres of rock from the tunnel that will be constructed off the Princess Street flyover at Marine Drive to Priyadarshani Park, according to The Times of India.
4) The coastal road project is an ambitious plan to connect Mumbai’s western suburbs with a road running along the coast, may be built in phases — a south phase and a trickier north phase, according to Hindustan Times.
5) Coastal road will be constructed in two phases. In Phase-I of the Rs12,000 crore project, the civic body will construct the south Mumbai stretch from Marine Drive to Carter Road in Bandra. The north Mumbai phase is from Bandra to Kandivli. The road will also have a sea-link between Bandra and Versova, which will be built by the MSRDC, according to Hindustan Times.