A joint technical committee appointed by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has recommended that the government should build a 35.6km long coastal freeway between Nariman Point and Kandivli to ease Mumbai’s traffic woes. It has ruled against constructing any more sea links.
The 11-member committee was headed by municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar. In its final report submitted on Tuesday, it has proposed that the Rs10,000 crore freeway should consist of roads built on reclaimed land, as well as stilts, bridges and tunnels.
It has been proposed that the freeway will start from Manora MLA hostel at Nariman Point and end at the western express highway in Kandivli. It will have entry/exit points at 18 places.
Kumar said the freeway has been planned in such a way that it would not damage the fragile ecology of Mumbai’s coast and mangroves. The government proposes to complete construction of the road within five years of obtaining environmental clearance from the Centre.
The proposed alignment suggested by the committee would help save Rs 2,000 crore of public money compared to the capital intensive sea links, the report has said.