From 2013, your travel towards south Mumbai could just become easier.
After much controversy and repeated delays, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has decided to go ahead with one of the most controversial infrastructure projects in Mumbai and will be floating tenders for the Peddar Road flyover by May this year.
“We will be approaching the Ministry of Environment with all reports that we had been asked to furnish. We will then float tenders for the project by May,” MSRDC vice-chairman and managing director Bipin Shrimali said.
The MSRDC had been asked to conduct studies and submit reports on monitoring air quality, keeping a check on noise levels, the social impact of the flyover and so on. The main problem of the flyover violating CRZ norms was tackled after MSRDC modified the design.
The 4.33-km flyover has been under discussion since 2000, but never really took off as it ran into rough weather with residents of Peddar Road, including Lata Mangeshkar, strongly opposing the project.
Shrimali said all efforts would be taken to ensure the project was undertaken without causing too much inconvenience to commuters and residents. “The normal construction time for the project is 18 months but we will ensure that it is squeezed to 16 months.”