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Coastal road: New Year’s gift for Mumbaikars

The much awaited coastal road plan is a boon. Centre’s nod came at an appropriate time and the CM can plunge into action in this direction. It is indeed a dream come true project for the Mumbaikars. Though it is not a new idea, the coastal freeway has received an impetus under the present government in the state of Maharashtra, which feels that the 34-kilometre road is desperately needed to improve movement of Mumbai’s traffic. This thinking echoes the recommendations of a technical committee set up by the government whose report, submitted in 2011, had advanced two incredibly counter intuitive arguments for building a coastal freeway. The initiative made by the Government is a step in the right direction and needs to be complimented. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis deserves all praise for his whole hearted efforts to make things move in a proper direction. Having faced traffic jam in focal points of the city, it is time to look for an alternative. The much expected plan will cost over Rs 12,000 crores but the corridor from Nariman Point to Kandivili will get major boost with the centre clearing the reclamation of land from the sea for this specific purpose. It is notable that the Coastal Regulations Zone rules will remain in force for the reclaimed land but the coastal road will soon be a reality in the years to come. It is indeed a New Year Gift for Mumbaikars.

C.K. Ramani

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