Work on Mumbai Coastal Road project connecting SoBo-Kandivali to begin in May: CM Fadnavis

Work on Mumbai Coastal project connecting SoBo-Kandivali to begin in May: CM Fadnavis
A graphical representation of the Mumbai Coastal Road project connecting Nariman point and suburban Kandivli

Work on the Coastal Road project connecting Nariman point in south Mumbai and suburban Kandivli will start in May this year, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the Legislative Council on Wednesday.

In a written reply to a query by Sanjay Dutt (Congress) over the issue, Fadnavis stated all the permissions from the Environment ministry have been received and that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is in the last stage of the tender process.

Dutt had sought to know if the state government had received permissions from the Environment ministry. The Congress MLC also sought to know the reasons for the delay in starting the project.

The Coastal Road is a proposed 29.2-km freeway that would run along Mumbai’s western coastline connecting Marine Lines in the south to Kandivli in the north.

The chief minister stated that the Rs 15,000 crore project would be completed in two phases – Princess Street to Worli and Bandra to Kandivali.

“The BMCs tendering process is in the last stage and the work is proposed to be started in May this year,” he said.

The BMC will be responsible for executing the first phase of the project, which will entails the construction of a flyover from Marine Drive’s Princess Street to the Worli-end of the sealink. It will be the most ambitious and complex infrastructure project undertaken by the civic body.

In the second phase, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will construct the coastal road that will go all the way from Bandra-end of the sealink to Kandivali.

The four-lane project will have a total of 10 interchanges along the way and is likely to take four years to complete. It will have elevated roads, flyovers, and undersea tunnels.

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