In a strategic move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate a pivotal section of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) ambitious coastal road project on February 9. Originally intended for the groundbreaking ceremony led by Shiv Sena UBT chief Uddhav Thackeray, the expedited inauguration by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has sparked interest, particularly amidst the imminent Lok Sabha elections and the imposition of the election code of conduct.
The inaugurated southbound stretch from Worli to Marine Drive marks a significant milestone in the long-anticipated coastal road project. Stretching from Princess Street in Marine Drive to the Worli end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, the initiative aims to alleviate the perennial issue of traffic congestion in the bustling city.
Scheduled to operate on weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm, the coastal road seeks to enhance commuting efficiency. However, the decision to close the road on weekends is a strategic move to facilitate ongoing construction work. Notably, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has rejected the proposed toll of Rs 85 for utilizing the coastal road.
With a total project cost of Rs 13,984 crore, comprising Rs 9,384 crore for construction and the remainder allocated to various aspects such as administrative charges, infrastructure, water and sewerage facilities, contingencies, supervision, mangrove compensation, and utility relocation, the coastal road project has reached an impressive 84% completion.
As the coastal road project unfolds, it stands as a testament to urban planning and infrastructure development, offering Mumbaikars a glimpse into the future of enhanced connectivity and reduced traffic woes.