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Maharashtra: Southern coastal road project to hit marine life by Sonam Saigal July 31,2019   |  Source: The Hindu

If there were any doubts about the proposed coastal road project (CRP) damaging marine life in the city, various reports by consultants as well as those presented before the Bombay High Court (HC) clear any ambiguity on these. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made elaborate plans to reclaim 90 hectares of land for the project, but just 20 hectares is being utilised for constructing the coastal road. The remaining 70 hectares is being developed as parks, cycle tracks, a promenade, butterfly parks and bus depots among others. The HC recently quashed the Coastal Regulation Zone clearances granted to the project and restrained the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) from constructing the road before taking the requisite environment approvals. Perhaps one of the most damning verdicts comes from Frischmann Prabhu, one of the consultants hired by the State to assess the feasibility of the project.

Impact on ecosystem

In all its ambitious planning, the BMC chose to ignore the impact the coastal road would have on marine ecology, despite STUP and Consultants Pvt. Ltd. and Ernst & Young Pvt. Ltd. highlighting this in their Environmental Impact Assessment report. The suspension of fine sediments in the water column will create turbidity, which may potentially



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