In what could prove to be a boost to the Mumbai coastal road plan, the Union environment ministry has agreed to amend Coastal Regulatory Zone notification of 2011 to allow the construction of a 36km-long coastal road on the condition that the Maharashtra government ensures no real estate development takes place along the road after it is built.
At a meeting with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in Delhi to discuss the long pending project on Saturday, senior environment ministry officials sought an assurance that real estate would be kept at bay if the CRZ notification was amended to allow reclamation to build the coastal road. They wanted an assurance that the existing High Tide Line (HTL) and defined CRZ I and II areas remain sacrosanct.
The 2011 notification prohibits construction at least up to 500 meters from the high tide line at sea fronts.
“The chief minister has given his assurance and the state will give a guarantee that the HTL will not inch inwards even after the coastal road is built. This will ensure that all restrictions on construction along the coast remains intact,” said a senior official.
The Centre will put down safeguards while amending the notification, he added.
The CRZ 2011 notification states that land reclamation is not allowed except for “construction or modernisation or expansion of foreshore facilities such as ports, jetties, wharves, quays, slipways, bridges, sea link, roads on stilts etc.”
And in the amendment, the coastal road will now get added to this list of exceptions. The CRZ 2011 notification had last made an exception for the Navi Mumbai airport. The new amendment is expected to be issued in the next 3 months.
The 35.6 kms long coastal road abutting the western coast from Bandra to Kandivili worth nearly Rs 8,000 crore is first on the agenda of Mumbai’s big ticket infrastructure projects for Fadnavis.