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Maharashtra: Mumbai Coastal Road Work Likely To Begin By Year-End by Purva Chitnis, BloombergQuint May 19,2017   |  Source: The Quint

An eight-lane, 29-kilometre road along Mumbai’s coast, running through reclaimed land, an undersea tunnel, elevated roads and bridges will connect Nariman Point on the southern edge to the city’s northern suburb of Kandivali. Six years after the coastal road was first proposed, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has secured environmental clearance for the Rs 15,000-crore project. The nod came amid concerns that the project would destroy mangroves and disrupt livelihood of fishermen.

The BMC would build the coastal road in two phases – first, the southern part stretching from Marine Drive up to the existing Bandra-Worli Sea Link; and then the northern part from Bandra to Kandivali. The southern section would be built at a cost of Rs 5,300 crore, while the northern part would cost Rs 9,800 crore. Work on the southern section would be divided into three segments and will take four years. About 11 companies have already submitted the request for quotation, while the corporation would float the request for proposals by June-end, and the work could begin after monsoon, Mukherjee said.

Cutting Travel Time

According to the minutes of the 168th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee in March 2017, the road would reduce the commuting time by 70 percent on the

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