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Road widening works around Mahim Causeway may finally begin soon

Road widening works around Mahim Causeway may finally begin soon

The authorities approved road widening works around the Mahim Causeway in July 2018 at a cost of Rs 87.9 crore. This project was planned as an effective measure to counter traffic jams and congestion in the Mahim area. Motorists arrive from Senapati Bapat Marg, Cadell Road, and L J Road at Mahim leading to a heavy influx of vehicles that cause slow-moving traffic. 

As per a new report, the authorities are yet to act on this proposed road widening work. However, sources within the BMC mention that this is because they are waiting for clearances such as a NOC (no-objection certificate) from the mangrove cell. The officials added that the first request to the mangrove cell was sent back in 2017.

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An official from the civic bridges department later added, “We were informed then that a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the collector’s office would first be required. After obtaining the same, we went back to the mangrove cell for an NOC in August 2019, but we were asked to put in a fresh application. We have completed that process as well and have been following up with the department continuously. We are now waiting for a sanction from the cell.”

Thankfully, it seems like road widening works at Mahim can begin again with the mangrove cell mentioning that it will process the project on priority. Chief of the Mangrove Conservation Cell, Virendra Tiwari, said that the BMC put in their new proposal on November 13, 2019, while on November 21, 2019, the nodal officer noted that there were some shortcomings about the proposal that needed answering. Subsequently, the BMC replied to all the queries raised by the nodal officer, leading the mangrove cell to finally approve the project.

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