Construction of the Peddar Road flyover got a major fillip with the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority deciding to recommend the project to the National Coastal Zone Management Authority for further clearance.
The 5.6-km flyover, the city’s longest flyover, stretching from L L Marg at Haji Ali till Marine Drive near G B Pant Marg, was being seen as the answer to commuters’ woes of travelling from the suburbs to the city along Peddar Road — one of the narrowest roads connecting the two parts of Mumbai.
The flyover had fallen victim to the regulations of the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) due to its alignment.
The steep turn at Tambe Chowk near Wilson College meant that for smooth travel for the vehicles the flyover had to jut seven metres into Girgaon Chowpatty. The plan would mean construction two piers on the beach, which violated CRZ regulations.
The MCZMA had declined clearance to the project, prompting the MSRDC to change the alignment of the flyover to avoid construction of the piers.
However, the MCZMA, in its meeting on Thursday, decided to clear the altered plan. The body will also recommend the flyover for further clearance to the NCZMA.
“We have approved the Peddar Road viaduct and it will be recommended to the centre for environment clearance. MSRDC has changed the design of the flyover so that it does not fall in the CRZ-I area,” said Valsa Nair Singh, environment secretary and member of the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority.
She added that the MCZMA clearance was conditional. They have been asked to provide state of art noise barriers, since this was one of the main concerns of the residents in the area.
“We are also planning to check the air quality and pollution here after the viaduct is built,” Singh said.
MCZMA had refused approval to the flyover four times before this. In its last meeting, the coastal authority kept the decision in abeyance. Resident groups were made privy to the new design and their concerns were addressed.