Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday set ambitious deadlines for showpiece transport-infrastructure projects. He said the Rs 9,000-crore coastal freeway, which he has been pushing for an environment clearance with the Union government, should be completed in two years once all approvals are in place.
“Once we get clearances, we should be able to build the coastal road in two years. World over, much bigger projects have been built in two years. It is possible because the coastal road does not involve much displacement of people,” the chief minister said while speaking at the “Mumbai Next” conclave.
The coastal road will be a 35-km freeway from Nariman Point to Kandivali and is proposed to be built on reclamation and stilts. The freeway will provide much respite to the congested western suburbs.
With green norms currently prohibiting reclamation, an environment clearance for the project has been a sticky issue. However, under the BJP-led government at the Centre, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has shown willingness to modify norms for the project. More info