Three years after the first public meeting, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will hold a second public hearing on Peddar Road flyover in a couple of months, giving residents an opportunity to voice their concerns.
The MSRDC board which met on Monday, discussed ways in which the flyover could be expedited and said that the public hearing will be held by February.
The 4.7 km-long flyover, though under discussion for more than seven years, could not take off as it ran into rough weather with residents, including Lata Mangeshkar, opposing the project.
The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the environment ministry has asked MSRDC to conduct a public hearing and an Environmental Impact Assessment for the area. “We are expediting work so that the public meeting can be held soon,” a senior MSRDC official said.
Peddar Road is one of the narrowest connecting streets, which joins Mumbai to the suburbs. In order to improve traffic dispersal towards south Mumbai the MSRDC, in 2000, had proposed the 4.7-km Peddar Road flyover, one of the longest in the city to ease traffic congestion on the route.
In addition to residents’ opposition, the flyover also fell victim to regulations of the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority. The problem has been the alignment of the flyover.
The steep turn at Tambe Chowk near Wilson College meant that for the smooth passage of vehicles, the flyover had to jut seven metres into Girgaum Chowpatty and the construction of two piers on the beach that violates CRZ regulations.
The MSRDC has now decided that it will not construct any piers on the beach, but will follow the current alignment of the road to construct the flyover. This, however, means that flyover will take a steeper curve at Tambe Chowk and the maximum speed limit on this stretch will be just 25 kmph.
The 4.6-km flyover will be the city’s longest, stretching from LL Marg at Haji Ali to Marine Drive near GB Pant Marg helping motorists avoid 10 signals.