The ambitious Peddar Road flyover project in Mumbai, which is being opposed by locals, is likely to get delayed further with the environment ministry asking the Maharashtra government to hold public hearing before seeking its clearance.
The proposed 5.6-km-long flyover, which will stretch from LL Marg at Haji Ali till Marine Drive near GB Pant Marg, is expected to ease travelling from the suburbs to the city along Peddar Road.
However, in a recent meeting the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the ministry asked the project proponent to conduct a public hearing as per provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification, 2006, taking into account the opposition by locals.
The EAC asked the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to address issues raised by the public in the environmental management plan.
"Although public hearing is not required under CRZ notification, but due to various representations received from residents of Peddar Road, the committee suggested to conduct a public hearing,” an official said.
The MSRDC has also been asked to prepare a detailed draft of EIA/EMP and submit to the ministry for clearance.
The project was initiated in 2000 as the daily traffic count was increasing by large numbers causing congestion and pollution in the area.
According to the government, after construction of Peddar Road Viaduct, the speed of vehicles will be 40kmh and it will save time.