SC To Hear Appeals Against Quashing Of Clearance For Mumbai Coastal Road, After Diwali Vacations
The Supreme Court (SC) has agreed to hear the appeals, challenging the Bombay High Court (HC) verdict which had quashed the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances granted to the Mumbai civic body's coastal road project, after Diwali. The apex court has also declined to stay the Bombay High Court order of quashing the environmental clearance granted to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) ambitious Rs 14,000-crore coastal road project, stating that there was "serious lacuna" in the decision-making process and lack of proper scientific study. The HC had said the city's civic body cannot proceed with work on the 29.2 km-long project, while allowing a bunch of petitions filed by activists, residents and fishermen, challenging the project.
Here is all you need to know about the project.
Phases: Likely to be ready by 2023, Phase-I or the south section will run from Princess Street Flyover near Marine Lines to the south-end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) while Phase-II or the north section will end at Kandivali in northwest Mumbai. There are plans to extend the road till Marve and Ghodbunder Road.
Estimated cost: The total cost of the development has been projected at Rs 14,000 crore.
Features: The project plan had undergone a transformation from initially being just a bypass route to an eight-lane multi-modal transport route with bridges, bus rapid transit system corridors across two lanes, (BRTS), a 3.4-km tunnel (from Khar Danda to Juhu) and interchanges at various locations like Haji Ali, Worli, Breach Candy Hospital and Bandra.
Moreover, there will be public spaces such as cycle tracks, promenades, pedestrian underpass or foot overbridges at every 500 metres, advanced parking facilities and recreational zones.
Controversy: The project was faced with opposition right from the day it was proposed in 2011. Environmentalists are concerned about the removal of several mangrove patches and forests land in the process. Some experts have also said that such roads might impact tidal circulation. Some architects and urban planners feel this will be an apparent danger to the city coastline and the overall beauty of the island city.
The benefits: For a shrinking city such as Mumbai, the pressure on infrastructure is much more than ever before. Those favouring the project say the coastal road plan would ease connectivity across the city by serving as a ring road.
Impact on real estate: The government is optimistic that the proposed infrastructure will bolster the creation of several central business districts (CBDs) around the corridor. It will also open avenues for many investment and housing opportunities as more land parcels will be unlocked for real estate developments. Aimed at decongesting the western express highway, the coastal road will also link the Ahmedabad Highway via the Mira Bhayender Road. Micro-markets, which are most likely to see positive impact from this project include Mira Road, Bhayandar, Bandra, Versova, etc.