An ambitious infrastructure project and a proposed alternative to the Western Freeway, Mumbai Coastal Road is a 29 km-long stretch connecting Marine lines in the south of Mumbai to the western suburb of Kandivali. After years of opposition from fishermen, environmentalists and civic activists, the work on the South section of the proposed Coastal Road has finally begun. Those favouring the project strongly affirm that the Coastal Road would ease connectivity across the city. However, there are also several challenges ahead.
Since the day of its conception, Mumbai Coastal Road has met with a lot of scepticism. Though the traffic experts opine that this could be the only solution to the augmenting traffic congestion in the city, the chronicle of urban planning suggests otherwise. Here is all that you need to know about the Mumbai Coastal Road.
Highlights of the Project
Listed below are some of the quick facts about the freeway:
Length of the project: The entire project will span a total length of 29 km out of which 9.98 km shall be covered in the first phase itself.
Construction Phases: The Coastal Road will be built in two phases. The first phase or the South section will start from Princess Street Flyover at Marine Drive and end at the South-end of Bandra-Worli Sea Link. It will be split into four sections, one each at Princess Street Flyover, Priyadarshini Park, Mahalakshmi Temple and Maa Hajjani Masjid. The second phase or the North section will end at Kandivali in the Northeast with three sections. Section one will start at the Bandra end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and end at Carter Road. Section two will start from sea link bridge and go up till the Ritambhara College, finally culminating at the Kandivali Junction as a part of the third section.
Estimated cost of the project: Rs 15,000 crore
Completion year: The project is likely to be completed by 2023.
Ways in which the Coastal Road will benefit the Mumbaikars
- Ease in traffic: Construction of the world-class Coastal Road will not only help to decongest the city but also minimise the escalating traffic woes by easing connectivity between the South and the Western suburbs. As per the claims of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), construction of the road would save 70 percent travel time and 34 percent fuel every year.
- Enhanced Infrastructure: Being one of the ambitious infrastructure projects of the government, the Mumbai Coastal Road is expected to build road space and length in the coming years. The project will include the construction of walking paths spanning 6.45 km, cycling and jogging tracks, and an open air theatre. Further, a 6.44 km-long seawall along the coastal road will create three parking lots at Amarsons, Haji Ali and Worli interchanges, with a capacity of 1,625 cars. At least 90 hectares of reclaimed land will be a part of open spaces, and the road will have one lane for buses or emergency vehicles, each.
- Improved environmental conditions: Keeping a note of the escalating number of vehicles registered in the city every year, it has been found that motor vehicles are one of the major sources of pollution in the city. Construction of the Mumbai Coastal Road will allow better traffic movement between the freeway and the local roads. As per the government, the Coastal Road will create 91 hectares of green space which will consequently reduce the pollution levels in the city.
- Impact on real estate – Spanning across the major residential hubs in Mumbai, the project holds the potential to change the face of real estate in Mumbai. Not only will it aid in the commutation patterns, but also propel housing demand in the connected areas. Bandra and Kandivali are expected to benefit the most from the development of this project. Other popular locations in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai are also anticipated to reap the benefits of this infrastructure boost.
Environmental concerns in the face of the Coastal Road project:
Since the day the project was proposed, the environmentalists have been voicing their concerns stating that the construction of the road will have a significant impact on the city’s mangrove ecology. Worried about the removal of several mangrove patches and forest land in the process of construction, the experts opine that the construction of the Coastal Road might impact tidal circulation and do more harm than good.
It is also believed that the said construction will hamper fish breeding in the areas where land is being reclaimed. A disappointing news for the fishermen community is that the ambitious infrastructure project is anticipated to affect their livelihood adversely. While pollution and unregulated construction activities have already impaired the sustenance of the community, the developmental project is further expected to add to their miseries.
“On one hand construction of the South section of the Coastal Road Project will ease out traffic congestion in the city, especially nearby the Bandra-Kurla Complex. However, on the other, the entire project is likely to have a cascading effect on the city’s shoreline, making it more vulnerable to environmental disasters,” says Amit Desai, Owner, Propinvest Realty.
Though the Coastal Road is believed to give the much-needed respite from the heavy traffic, the project is facing massive concerns, echoed by the collective voices of activists, environmentalists and the fishing community. In a city, where deforestation of mangroves can be cited as one of the major reasons behind the uncontrollable floods, it is expected that the Coastal roadwork might affect the green pastures, inviting more health hazards than before.
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