Though some obstacles in the Coastal Road project have been removed with the permission from the Union Environment and Forest Ministry, some obstacles still exist as police and revenue departments have not yet provided permissions. The BMC administration is awaiting the green signals from these departments.
The Coastal Road from Nariman Point to Kandivali is proposed in the city. The BMC is implementing this project covering the distance of 35.60 km having some bridges, flyovers, subways etc. The BMC has received various permissions from the Maharashtra Maritime Board, Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Port Engineer, Public Works Department, Heritage Committee and the High Power Committee formed in this connection. A proposal was submitted to the Maharashtra Coastal Management Authority for seeking permission to develop the road in southern parts of the city. The authority forwarded this proposal to the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) which has accorded their nod to this project on Friday. It was this permission which was awaited the most and hence this project may now gather momentum.
Coastal Road Project’s chief engineer Machiwal said that all the required permissions, except police and revenue department, have been received for this project and efforts are on to get them as soon as possible.