Despite announcing it with much fanfare the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has now decided to scrap the proposed Rs 50 crore coastal-road project connecting Marine Drive to Cuffe Parade.
MMRDA’s reason for dropping this road is the proposed Rs 3,500 crore Nariman Point Redevelopment Project. MMRDA is redeveloping nearly 180 hectares at Nariman Point.
“The proposed road has been scrapped. We are already undertaking the Nariman Point Redevelopment work have altered infrastructure plans for the area,” MMRDA’s chief engineer S Nandgirikar said.
The chief minister had approved the 1.2km road in September 2008. According to MMRDA’s plan the road was supposed to begin from the National Centre for Performing Arts at Nariman Point, pass the Free Press building and the Manora MLA hostel on Jagannath Bhosle Marg and Nariman Point fire station and then it would be extended up to the Nathalal Parekh Marg. MMRDA had proposed the road to smoothen traffic flow from Marine Drive to Cuffe Parade. Currently the traffic has to take a detour on Madam Cama Road.
A part of the road was to be built on the sea and MMRDA also asked the Central Water and Power Research Station to build the design for the road. MMRDA was also in the process of seeking environmental clearances for the road.