Residents opposing construction of the Peddar Road flyover will now have an opportunity to voice their grievances. The state government has agreed to conduct a public hearing on the project.
On Friday, chief minister Ashok Chavan told the Centre’s Expert Appraisal Committee (on environment) that the government would abide by the committee’s suggestion in this regard.
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.
Hindustan Times recently reported that the panel had recommended a public hearing as per the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment notification, 2006. However, the state government was not keen on the same.
The issue came up in a meeting of EAC members with the chief minister on Friday. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which is the nodal agency for the project, is expected to conduct the hearing soon, Chavan said after the meeting.
MSRDC minister in-charge Jaidutta Kshirsagar and managing director Bipin Shrimali were not available for comment.
The project was initiated in 2000 to ease traffic congestion and reduce pollution on Peddar Road — one of the narrowest roads connecting the two parts of Mumbai. The project has gone through several obstacles since its inception.
The project was stuck in regulations of the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority due to its alignment, but got a clearance earlier this year after the MSRDC altered the plan.