The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is going to spend Rs 7 crore on another consultant for a peer review of the proposed Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR). The corporation has floated the tender. This will be in addition to the Rs 2 crore already spent on a consultant for a feasibility report of the GMLR.
The Rs1,300 crore GMLR project is stuck because the proposed alignment passes through a high security zone. There are land acquisition issues as well.
Top civic officials, including municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta are not satisfied with the alignment. Bridge department officials are considering including the existing Goregaon-Mulund Link Road that passes through Dindoshi, in the proposed alignment.
HT had reported first about the change in GMLR’s existing alignment on June 19. A senior civic official from the bridge department said, “With the current alignment, chances of the project going ahead are slim. The water treatment plant at Bhandup Complex, land acquisition and the lack of space to carry out work because of two lakes and several water pipelines are some of the hurdles.”
The earlier alignment was finalised by the additional municipal commissioner SVR Srinivas after a consultant had made a feasibility report. The consultant had suggested the construction of a 14-km elevated road to minimise tree cutting. However, after Ajoy Mehta came as new municipal commissioner, the GMLR project was handed over to the additional municipal commissioner Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, who oversees projects.
It was only much later, after civic officials began a site inspection, that these issues came to light. This is why top officials have decided to opt for peer review for the project.
Chief engineer, bridge department, SO Kori said, “A consultant for a peer review is appointed according to the STAC (Statuary Technical Advisory Committee) recommendations. STAC has directed to cross check the feasibility report made by the consultants to eliminate any errors.”
IS IT FEASIBLE?
The Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR) will go through a peer review of the feasibility report submitted by an earlier consultant of the project The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation-appointed consultant will work on 2-3 available options, of which the final route will be decided
* The GMLR is facing several issues such as land acquisition, permission from other agencies, opposition from environmentalists who are protesting against the tree cutting and disturbance to the ecology of Aarey Milk Colony
* Facing lot of hurdles in current alignment, the civic body is also considering the existing Goregaon-Mulund Link Road that is passing through Dindoshi, which is also known as General Arun Kumar Vaidya Marg
* The proposed alignment of the fully elevated GMLR starts from the entrance of Aarey Milk Colony at Goregaon (East) and will end to LBS Road, Mulund. The stretch will go through Saki Vihar, Pipeline Road, IIT-Bombay premises, Bhandup Water Complex and then connect to LBS road
* The GMLR would be the fifth road connecting the eastern and the western suburbs. The GMLR will help reduce traffic on the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road, which faces severe congestion during peak hours