Mumbai, Dec 21 (PTI) The ambitious eight-lane coastal
road being constructed in Mumbai to ease traffic woes will be
functional in July 2023, BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal
said on Monday.
The 29.2 km-long seaside road project has been
undertaken by the Shiv Sena-led Brihanmumbai Municipal
Corporation (BMC) to connect Marine Drive in south Mumbai to
Borivali in north Mumbai.
Sharing the status of the Rs 12,721-crore project with
reporters here, Chahal said nearly 17 per cent work of the
road project has been completed so far.
The coastal road will be "functional in July 2023", he
Started in October 2018, the coastal road project was
earlier targeted to be completed by 2022, but it got delayed
due the litigations.
"Substantial work has been done in the last couple of
months with an expenditure of Rs 1,281 crore till November,"
About 175 acres of land has so far been reclaimed from
the Arabian Sea for the project and another 102 acres is being
reclaimed, the civic chief said.
A 400-metre-long tunnel boring machine of 39.6 feet
diameter, which is the largest in India now, has been fully
assembled on the reclaimed land and tunnel boring will
commence from January 7, 2021, he said.
The boring machine, named Mavala, is going to build
twin tunnels of 1,920 metre length between Marine Lines and
Priyadarshini Park in south Mumbai.
The project work was stopped after the Bombay High
Court in July 2019 quashed the Coastal Road Zone (CRZ)
clearances granted to the project.
The work restarted after the Supreme Court in December
last year stayed the HC''s order. PTI KK