Livemint: May 12, 2017
Mumbai: In a big boost to Mumbai’s infrastructure overhaul, the Union government on Thursday gave the final environmental clearance to the coastal road project, clearing the way for the tendering process. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced this on Thursday saying the coastal road project would ease traffic along Mumbai’s western express highway. The 29.20 km long coastal road will run from Nariman Point in South Mumbai to Kandivli on the western end and is estimated to cost Rs15,000 crore.
Fadnavis tweeted that the Union ministry for environment and forests had given its final clearance to the project. Fadnavis also said that the tenders for the project would be published soon.
The Shiv Sena-ruled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is the implementing agency for the ambitious project and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the BMC elections in February to give all clearances to the project. The BMC has submitted a revised project proposal in November last year to the environment ministry.
Fadnavis has also taken political credit for the project claiming that the coastal road had been given all the necessary permissions after the Narendra Modi government took over from the United Progressive Alliance government. “The Modi government has given all permissions just in three years while the Congress-NCP government only kept talking about the project, Fadnavis tweeted.
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