Pending green clearances and approvals have led to a delay in the commencement of work on Mumbai's Peddar Road flyover. The 4.2 km-long flyover will begin near the Haji Ali junction and end at Tambe Chowk at Girgaum Chowpatty. The project was conceived nearly a decade-and-a-half ago. However, it was put on the back burner after facing stiff opposition from residents.
Deviating from its original plan to resurface the 4.3 km-long arterial boulevard Nariman Point-Girgaum Chowpatty at Rs 36 crore, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is going to reconstruct it at a cost of Rs 150 crore. The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) made a presentation on this proposal before the BMC last Friday. While presenting the 2012-13 financial outlay for the city, then civic commissioner Subodh Kumar had proposed resurfacing the road.
In Mumbai, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will go ahead with its original plan to build the flyover from Haji Ali-Girgaum Chowpatty. Now it will discard Mumbai Transformation Support Unit’s (MTSU) plan for a shorter version of Peddar Road flyover covering only Cadbury Junction, said MSRDC.