Mumbai Eager to start the construction of its ambitious coastal road, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will request the central government to give an overall approval to the project and authorise agencies in the state to allow any changes in the original plan.
The municipal corporation has already suffered a setback as there has been a delay in getting environmental approvals for the Rs12,000-crore road that is proposed to be built along the city’s western coast connecting South Mumbai with Malad in western suburbs. The project is seen as a solution to traffic congestion in the stretch between South Mumbai and western suburbs.
To avoid any further delays, the BMC wants the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) to give an overall approval to the project and delegate powers to a state-level authority to allow changes without going through the Centre, civic officials said.
After the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) forwarded the proposal of the coastal road to the central government, the municipal corporation changed the alignment and decided to start the South Mumbai tunnel from Princess Street flyover instead of Nariman Point. Because of this change in the original plan, the BMC has to seek MCZMA’s approval once again and then wait for Centre’s approvals.
A civic official said, “We are keen on getting an overall permission given for the project so that the changes can be directly approved by the state. If every change has to be approved by the Centre, it will only burden the central government and also lead to delay in beginning of construction work.”
The civic body had issued expression of interest for the first phase of the project — Princes Street flyover, Marine Lines to Carter Road, Bandra. About 35 foreign companies have so far shown interest in the same. But with the delay in getting approvals and also various environment and feasibility studies pending, the entire project plan has hit a roadblock.