The city may soon see some major reclamation of the sea. The joint technical committee, appointed by the state to recommend the best options for improving mobility in the city, has recommended reclamation at two places, in order to create a coastal road of around 6km in length.
The committee has recommended the reclamation of the sea from Worli to Haji Ali to create a 3.3km coastal road. The committee has also recommended reclamation between Mahalaxmi Temple and Priyadarshini Park, to create a 2.5km coastal road. Both these reclamations will form part of the proposed Worli-Haji Ali and Haji Ali-Nariman Point sea links.
“The committee feels that a coastal road based on reclamation could be envisaged between the Worli connector of the Bandra-Worli sea link and Haji Ali. A similar coastal road could be contemplated between Mahalaxmi temple and Priyadarshini Park,” the committee said in its draft report. The eleven-member committee is headed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation commissioner Subodh Kumar.
The state is contemplating reclaiming 100m into the sea, with the road height being close to 5m. The committee also discussed the soil it would need to carry out the reclamation. As per estimates, it would require 5-lakh cubic m of landfill per km. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is expected to generate 55-lakh cubic metre of landfill while constructing the Colaba-Bandra underground metro and the committee believes that this can be used to refill the reclaimed land.
The recommendations of the committee are the latest addition to the frequent new plans that the state has been drawing up to connect the entire western suburbs to south Mumbai through new roads running parallel to the cities coast line.
The state government has repeatedly changed its stand on how it wants to go ahead with the Western Freeway Sea Link Project, which will connect Versova to Nariman Point through the sea links.
A decision based on the committee’s recommendations will also have to stand the scrutiny of the environment ministry, which is very careful about allowing reclamation of the sea.
MSRDC chairman and managing director Bipin Shrimali, however, claimed the government has still not taken a decision on the draft recommendations of the committee.