Hinting at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s desire to build coastal roads along the western coast of the city, civic chief Subodh Kumar on Tuesday said the entire project could be completed in four years, provided all the clearances are in place soon.
The Rs 6,000-crore project envisages a mix of coastal roads and tunnels along the western coast of the city, in order to make commute in the north-south corridor more comfortable. Kumar said the project will not involve large-scale reclamation and building the tunnels and roads on stilts would also be considered.
Kumar heads a high-powered joint technical committee, consisting of members from the Union environment ministry, the state government and independent architects and experts to study the plan’s feasibility.
Kumar also said according to the current plans being drawn up, coastal roads might be accompanied with public amenity spaces. “Along coastal roads, we are planning to make provisions for public open spaces which pedestrians and citizens can enjoy. We plan to have promenades on both sides of the coastal roads, which can be used by pedestrians and cyclists alike.”