Encouraged by the recent easing of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms for Mumbai, the state government is considering scrapping the entire Versova-to-Nariman Point sea link project and building a coastal road along the stretch instead by reclaiming land.
A coastal road, the state thinks, can be built at just one-third the cost of the sea link project, estimated at Rs 10,000 crore. The Bandra-Worli sea link was opened in 2009. The state had initially planned two more links — Worli to Haji Ali and Haji Ali to Nariman Point — but later decided to extend the link to Versova.
But the new CRZ regulations, which allow construction of coastal roads by land reclamation or use of stilts, has made the state rethink because sea links are capital-intensive.
At a meeting held on Monday, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan asked the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to check the feasibility of building a coastal road.
“We are evaluating the option of constructing a coastal road instead of capital-intensive sea links,” MSRDC vice-chairman and managing director Bipin Shrimali said.
MSRDC has now asked the environment department about the project’s feasibility, he added.