The work on the city’s Ghodbunder road seems to be a never ending tale. The Thane Municipal Corporation said that the road will get clearance from the forest department only after a month and a half. This delay in approval will further delay the completion of this road.
The left side of the road, while going from Mumbai towards Ghodbunder, is stuck at four spots. A large chunk of a 900-meter patch is remaining: three at Patlipada and Dongripada, and one at Gaimukh. Three of these spots are under forest land, while there are huge electricity towers on the fourth plot near Patlipada.
Sanjeev Jaiswal, civic commissioner, said, “One of the main barriers was the huge electricity towers of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. near Patlipada. We have now started the work of shifting these towers. Apart from these, the other obstructions were the forest patches, for which we had approached the higher forest authorities and the approval process is in its final stages.”
He informed that the approval from the forest department will come in the next one-and-a-half to two months, after which the work on the service road will be completed at the earliest.
The completion of the left side of the road will the pave way for a smooth commute from Kapurbawdi to Gaimukh.
The total width of the Ghodbunder road is 60 metres, out of which the highway is 42 metres. The two service roads have a width of 9 metres each on either side. The total cost of the two service roads is Rs93.88 crore. The funding for the roads was given to the corporation by the MMRDA.
The work on the service road was undertaken in two phases: the first phase included Kapurbawdi to Patlipada which was completed two years ago, while the second phase was undertaken in December last year.