The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will be conducting a public hearing for the Peddar Road flyover on July 18. The hearing is another attempt to address the concerns of the residents who have been opposing the project, which was mooted in 2000.
“The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has already issued a notice about the public hearing,” a senior MSRDC official said.
The MSDRDC had earlier held a public hearing in March 2008. However, the project was delayed after the environment ministry raised concerns about it.
After changing plans for the project, the MSRDC is holding the hearing after the ministry directed the agency to listen to the residents’ grievances.
The MPCB will organise the hearing.
The 4.3-km flyover, stretching from LL Marg at Haji Ali to Marine Drive near GB Pant Marg, was touted as a solution for commuters who had to travel from the suburbs to the city along Peddar Road. The project got stuck after residents, including singer Lata Mangeshkar, opposed it claiming that it would cause pollution.
Recently, the empowered committee headed by the chief secretary recommended that the MSRDC explore the possibility of constructing a car deck along the Mahalaxmi-Haji Ali-Jindal Junction as an alternative to a flyover.
But the MSRDC seems to be keen to go ahead with the project. However, it will only get off the ground after the environment ministry and the state government give a go ahead.
The residents’ inputs during the hearing will also determine the stance that the environment ministry takes in giving the project its nod.