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Versova sealink
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The Asian Age · 2 days ago

Times of India · 1 day ago

Versova sealink gets green nod

Published : Mar 6, 2017, 6:09 am IST
Updated : Mar 6, 2017, 6:40 am IST
National Green Tribunal (NGT) in 2015 had directed MSRDC to get a separate environmental clearance.
National Green Tribunal
 National Green Tribunal
Mumbai: In a major boost for the proposed nine-km-long Bandra Versova Sealink (BVSL), the state environment department has granted environment clearance for construction of the Sea Link to the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC).
The plan of a sealink between Bandra and Versova was revived after scrapping the construction of a coastal road between Bandra and Versova following strong opposition from environmentalists and locals of Bandra, Juhu and the fishermen of surrounding areas. Thus, the sealink now becomes a part of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) ambitious plan to construct a coastal road connecting southern and northern ends of the city.
Kiran Kurundkar, joint managing director, MSRDC, said, “We have received the approval letter from the state environment department a week ago and with this we already have the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance from the Union ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) in hand. Also, the evaluation of the bids for the construction of the project is currently ongoing.”
The MSRDC already has the CRZ clearance for the project from the MoEF that is valid up to 2018. However, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in 2015 had directed MSRDC to get a separate environmental clearance, indicating that mere CRZ clearance was not enough.
“The mitigation measures have to be taken by the corporation for which the environment clearance has been awarded. It includes like that of following norms of air, water and noise pollution along with plantation in accordance to the Environment Protection Act. After this, we would also need clearance from the forest department that would be obtained next,” said a senior MSRDC official.
The MSRDC has set a deadline of 2020 to complete the project with an estimated cost of Rs 7,500 crore. The corporation is in the process to avail financial assistance for the same from national banks or by monetising the 5.6-km-long Bandra Worli Sealink (BWSL). The eight-lane project will be built 900 metres into the sea. It was proposed earlier as the Western Express Highway and SV Road were saturated.

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Maharashtra drops sea-links for Mumbai, opts for coastal road

To be developed on partially reclaimed land and stilt between Nariman Point & Kandivli
Mumbaikars can now expect a pollution free ride along the western coast as the Maharashtra government has submitted its proposal to the Centre to construct 35 km coastal road between Nariman Point and Kandivli in the western suburb. The project, with about 18 access points along the entire road, entails an investment of Rs 8,000 crore. The government will soon appoint the state run Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) or the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as the nodal agency for the project which will be implemented through a joint venture route.
Chief Minister admitted that the project was not financially viable and therefore the six lane coastal road has been proposed. The project envisages reclamation of land and construction of stilts especially on mangrove patches. Chavan informed that he has submitted the coastal road project proposal to minister of state for environment and forests Prakash Jawadekar during latter's recent visit in the city.
With Chavan's announcement, the government has given a silent burial to the Rs 5,000 crore Worli-Haji Ali sea link project awarded to the Reliance Infrastructure. The concession agreement was signed between and Reliance Infrastructure in June 2010 but the project could not take off due to administrative and environmental issues. Reliance Infrastructure will exit from the project. However, the state government has yet to formally scrap the project which would have completed by now.
Sushil Jiwarajka, former chairman of FICCI's western region told Business Standard ''Given the acute shortage of land for expanding mass transport system, the idea of coastal road seems to be the most viable option. Detailed feasibility studies be undertaken at the earliest. Precious time has already been lost on studying various options and it it time to take action and complete the project in a time bound manner.''
However, a government official said that the costal zone regulation (CRZ) clearance is key for the project to take off."The possibility of development of coastal road emerged in February 2011 after the modification to the Coastal Zone Notification where-in construction of roads on stilts have been allowed as a permitted activities. Section 3 of CRZ Notification provides land reclamation as a prohibited activity,'' the official added.
Incidentally, a section of fishing community has already voiced their opposition to the coastal road project. ''The government will have to take the fishing community into confidence before finalizing the proposed coastal road. There are 35 fishermen colonies with more than 1 million population on the western coast. The coastal road will adversely impact the livelihood of those depending on fishing activity,'' said Damodar Tandel, president, Maharashtra fishermen action forum.
Coastal Road Ride for Mumbaikars
*Project is being considered after the revised CRZ notification issued in February 2011
*Government plans to do away with sea link projects citing financial non viability
*MSRDC or to be nodal agency
*Project to be developed through JV route
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The project, that had Kandivali as its proposed end point, now has approvalto be stretched up to Mira Road and beyond

he city’s Coastal Road project just got more ambitious. The government on Monday approved a significant extension to the 32-km Coastal Road project up to NH 8 connecting Mumbai to Ahmedabad.
The project that has Kandivali as its proposed end point now has approval to be stretched up to Mira Road and further on to NH 8. result for MUMBAI Coastal Road KANDIVLI to MIRA ROAD

Hussain Indorewala, urban planner and assistant professor with Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture said, “We are spending crores of rupees on a project that will cater to only 2% or 3% of the population. We have well-established public transport, but we are moving away from it to promote personal transport.”

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Another major decision taken was to extend the alignment of the 16.8-km Eastern Freeway by up to three km.
The alignments were approved on Monday by the Empowered Committee on Mumbai Transformation headed by Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya, and officials of the MMRDA and the BMC.
Officials of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) gave a presentation on extending the Eastern Freeway, acknowledging it was feasible to extend the freeway from its current land point at Yellow Gate Junction on Carnac Bunder, beyond General Post Office (GPO) and ending on Mint Road.
The MMRDA was assigned the task of studying the feasibility of having an elevated rail corridor along with an elevated freeway, and find out if both could be accommodated over P D’mello Road. The authority in its report concluded that both projects were possible on the stretch provided land could be acquired from the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT).
Currently, the controlled-access highway connects Express Highway at Ghatkopar to P D’Mello Road in South Mumbai. “We have approved the MMRDA feasibility study and directed the MbPT to take up the proposal to extend freeway at its next board meeting. A presentation to the honourable Chief Minister, who heads the Urban Development Department, will be given next month for the final nod,” Mr Kshatriya told The Hindu .
“We feel that the advantage acquired by the commuters while travelling on the freeway is lost at the landing point and bottlenecks on Carnac Bunder Junction.”
A presentation on extending the proposed Coastal Road alignment was given by Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, proposing to extend the project up to Mira Road and beyond towards NH 8.
The ambitious coastal road project is estimated to cost Rs 12,000 crore, and proposes to connect Nariman Point in South Mumbai to far north Malad and Kandivali. The BMC has proposed a 10-km underground tunnel at two locations starting from Nariman Point to Priyadarshani Park and from Juhu to Versova. The road will include 22 interchanges, entry and exit points, and lanes dedicated to the BRTS.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has already said development and extension of the integrated corridors in Mumbai is necessary by 2019, while obtaining clearance for the 22-km MTHL, which will connect Sewri in South Mumbai to Nhava in Navi Mumbai.
“The tenders for MTHL will be issued by March and the government wants to extend the proposed existing freeways. Eventually, all these have to be integrated for a long-term solution,” said a senior official.
We have approved the MMRDA feasibility study and directed the MbPT to take up the proposal to extend the freeway at its next board meeting
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First look: Rs 4,300-crore Versova-Bandra Sea Link

Artist’s impressions of the Versova-Bandra arm of the Sea Link, which in the future will extend all the way to Nariman Point along Mumbai’s western coast, shows three entry/exit points on the nine-km stretch, and one spot for a proposed extension in the future.

The plans, accessed by Mumbai Mirror, have already received one set of environmental clearances, and the MSRDC (the nodal agency for the Rs 4,340-crore project) is now preparing the groundwork for the tender process. The link runs approximately 900 metres off the coast.

The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has cleared the project, and passed it on to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) with a recommendation that it be given a final go-ahead.

A marine geo-technical investigation, to obtain information on the physical properties of rock and soil on the sea-bed, began in October, and the MSRDC hopes to begin construction in January, 2014. A five-year deadline has been set for the project to be completed.

45Minutes that commuters will save, according to MSRDC estimates

14The number of signals you will skip by using the Versova-Bandra Sea Link

1500Metres. The average depth of the superstructure

9.3Kilometers. The (approximate) length of the Versova-Bandra Sea Link

16Kilometers. The total length of roads that will be built, including the three connecting arms

2019The year this segment of the Sea Link will be completed, 
 if all goes to plan

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The Versova-Bandra Sea Link meets the Bandra-Worli segment at a clover leaf intersection. A few kilometers before this, at the Otters Club end of Carter

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Versova link update

The Bandra-Versova sea link received the go-ahead from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA). The authority also approved the offsite infrastructure for the Navi Mumbai international airport. Both the projects have been approved under the new Coastal Regulation Zone norms of 2011, said T C Benjamin, principal secretary, urban development. The MCZMA will now write to the Union environment ministry to allow the construction of the two projects, said Valsa Nair-Singh, secretary, environment. The go-ahead from the MCZMA is considered a virtual green signal from the Union environment ministry as well. ‘‘It is a 9.6-km sea link with two connectors,’’ said a senior official from the state environment department. The construction of this section, at current prices, is estimated to cost Rs 2,000 crore. The offsite infrastructure for the Navi Mumbai international airport which was approved by the MCZMA includes non-aeronautical infrastructure such as warehouses, railway terminal, official quarters, arterial roads etc. The infrastructure has now been approved to be set up on 450 hectares outside the perimeter of the airport.

In a fresh amendment to the city’s road plans, the proposed 10-km Bandra-Versova coastal road corridor may be extended by 8 km up to Malad, towards the north of the city, and in further phases up to Virar, a distance of about 46 km. The proposal came up based on a draft report of a joint technical committee (JTC) constituted by the state government to study technical, financial and environmental feasibilities of road options along the city’s coast. The report, sources said, enthused administrators as it recommends coastal roads on reclaimed land and stilts, besides a link portion which has a mangrove patch. “We will put up concrete proposals before the next infrastructure sub-committee for extensions up to Malad and Virar. Most road alignments on these sections will help us in the development of the project. Wherever mangroves confront us with an alignment, a stilt road or link can be built,” said Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) managing director Bipin Shrimali. MSRDC has estimated the cost of the 54-km Versova-Virar coastal road to be around Rs 4,000 crore. The JTC concluded that there was a strong case for constructing a coastal freeway between Malad and Versova, and between Versova and Nariman Point via Bandra and Worli. The cost from Bandra to Versova will be around Rs 1,500 crore. The report has pointed to reclamation in Singapore for coastal roads and has recommended it besides the coastal road on stilt and sea link (like the Bandra-Worli sea link) options for the entire stretch. The committee feels the need of the road (coastal) or freeway (sealink or road on stilts) along the coastline from Nariman Point to Malad is not under dispute. Further, there should be a plan to connect the road to the upcoming eastern freeway on P D’Mello Road via Cuffe Parade and Colaba. This portion will then be attached to the Nhava-Sewri link road at Sewri, and will go further up to Ghatkopar via Chembur and Mankhurd. Comprehensive transportation studies by international consultants had recommended roads up to Versova and further up to Virar, but the need for taking up different sections was still under debate among experts and engineers of the state government. The road will reduce congestion and travel time and will be a long-term solution as it will help keep traffic revolving in and around Mumbai.