The time it takes to complete the coastal road, it seems, will decide whether the long-delayed Pedder Road flyover ever sees the light of day. A peer review of the detail project report (DPR) for the Nariman Point-to-Kandivli coastal road is underway.
If the review suggests that the road can be built in three to four years, the flyover plan will be junked. But if the review indicates that the coastal road will take longer to build, the flyover will come up, according to officials from the Mumbai Transformation Support Unit (MTSU), the state-led think tank that is awaiting the review.
The plan for the flyover was tweaked last year and its length reduced from 4.2km to 1km (from Haji Ali junction to Gamodia junction, near Jindal House). Subsequently, the state transferred the project from the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to the BMC. The south-bound stretch will start as a two-lane flyover near Lala Lajpat Rai College, before splitting at the Haji Ali junction.
One arm of the flyover will go towards the Cadbury House junction and the other towards Tardeo. The north-bound stretch will be a two-lane flyover from Gamodia junction to Lala Lajpat Rai College.
“If the coastal road is built in three to four years, we won’t need the flyover. In case the study indicates that the coastal road will take more time, we will have to build the flyover to prevent traffic congestion,” said BC Khatua, director of MTSU.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced in June that the coastal road would be built in three years. However, the project faces various technical challenges, apart from issues pertaining to resettlement and rehabilitation, which are likely to delay the project.