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Mumbai: Extend coastal road project up to Virar, MMRDA tells BMC

Reynold D'sa | Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 11:43 AM IST

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Mumbai: The residents on the outskirts of Mumbai are set to benefit after Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) made a suggestion to the city municipal corporation to extend the proposed coastal road project upto Virar for better North-South connectivity.

The earlier proposed plan by Municipal Corporation was to construct a coastal road from Nariman point to Kandivali. MMRDA has proposed to extend the coastal road upto Virar to benefit the residents living on the outskirts. The authority has proposed it in their draft regional plan of 2016-2036 of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) for the MMRDA.

While the MCGM is likely to extend the coastal road project upto Dahisar, MMRDA in its draft regional plan is planning to extend it first upto Mira-Bhayandar and further connecting a creek bridge to Vasai across Vasai Creek.

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The plan involves further connecting it to the proposed ring road at Vasai-Virar. The authority will be executing the plan by suggesting the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) on including the same in their development plan.

An MMRDA official said, “In the Southern side, the proposed sea link by MMRDA from Nariman point to Uran will be extended to Revas creek. Further, there is a plan to construct a coastal road from Rewas to Alibaug where it comes to an end.  The North-South connectivity can only be initiated after the plan is included in the respective development plan of the municipal corporations.”

Uma Adusumilli, chief of planning, MMRDA, said, “The plan for extending the proposed coastal road is included in our regional plan. MCGM has said that they would check the feasibility of the plan. The extension upto Virar was planned to ensure proper North-South connectivity. Since there are existing roads at various places, it would just join the missing links”

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The ambitious 35.6-km Coastal Road will be constructed in phases and would benefit the congested stretch on the island city between Nariman Point and Worli.

The Deputy Chief Engineer, DP, Vivek More of MCGM was unavailable for comments.

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Published on: Friday, October 28, 2016, 08:37 AM IST