BMC To Cut 140 Trees For Coastal Road Project. Where Is This Heading?

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has put up notice near Bhulabhai Desai Road that it will cut 140 trees for Coastal Road Project and widening of the road.

BMC To Cut 140 Trees For Coastal Road Project. Where Is This Heading?

Residents of Bhulabhai Desai Road were at Tata Garden for their regular morning walk and saw notices on trees that around 140 trees will be cut for Coastal Road construction. In addition to this 140, 500 trees will be cut between Worli and Marine Drive for this project.

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The resident's concern was that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had not mentioned anything about hearing public suggestions before putting up the notices.  Out of the 140 trees that will be chopped down near Bhulabhai Desai Road, the BMC stated that it will transplant trees. Further, the trees will be cut for the widening of the road as well. 

According to Aarey activist Zoru Bathena, 

"It is such a shame that hundreds of trees are to be cut, to build parks & gardens along with the Coastal Road site. This is a completely bizarre plan, which is just a reflection of what is happening all over our city." 

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Earlier this month, the BMC announced that it may use eco-friendly concrete for the construction of the Coastal Road Project. It is said that this method will be used particularly in areas that have marine life. This eco-friendly concrete is a mixture that uses less cement and thus is less harmful to the environment around it, especially during construction. 

Notably, Coastal Road is an 8-lane, 29.2-km long freeway that would run along Mumbai's western coastline connecting Marine Lines in the south to Kandivali in the north. The Coastal Road is projected to be used by 1,30,000 vehicles daily and is expected to reduce travel time between South Mumbai and the Western Suburbs from 2 hours to 40 minutes. The estimated cost of the project is ₹12,000 crores. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by 2022. 

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