Work on the long-delayed Peddar Road flyover, which has been under consideration due to residents’ opposition and environmental issues for a decade now, might begin soon.
The Expert Appraisal Committee of the ministry of environment and forests had asked the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to conduct an environment impact assessment of the areas besides holding a public hearing to take into account the opposition by locals before it starts the project. Following this, the MSRDC is planning to float tenders for the project in May and complete the 4.33-km long flyover in 16 months.
One of the longest in the city, this flyover will considerably ease traffic congestion on the route, from LL Marg at Haji Ali to Marine Drive near GB Pant Marg. The MSRDC has now written to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to float notices for the public hearing. “The meeting to be organised by the MPCB, which needs to give one month’s prior notice for the public hearing. We have already written to them to start the process. We are hopeful that the hearing can be held in March,” MSRDC vice-chairman and managing director Bipin Shrimali said.
The flyover was conceived 2000, but soon after it ran into rough weather with residents of Peddar Road, including Lata Mangeshkar opposing the project. The environment ministry had also put a spanner in the construction of the flyover as a part of it came under Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ). The road corporation made suitable changes but new CRZ regulations have made it easier to get clearances.