Municipal commissioner Iqbal Chahal said BMC had completed 17% work on the coastal road during Covid lockdown. “The 400-metre long tunnel boring machine, which is 40 feet wide and the longest to be used in India, is now fully assembled on reclaimed land, and boring will commence from January 7,” he said.
Work on the 10.58 km road from Princess Street flyover at Marine Drive to Bandra-Worli Sea Link is proceeding at a steady pace. Girders are being cast, piling work is under way along the entire length of the road, said a civic official.
Chahal said BMC had reclaimed 70 hectares (ha) from Arabian Sea so far for the coastal road. Maximum reclamation was between Amarsons and Mahalaxmi temple at Haji Ali (40ha) and another 25ha between Worli Dairy and Bandra-Worli sea link. Another 5ha have been reclaimed near Priyadarshini Park at Nepean Sea Road.
“As per the first CRZ clearance we can reclaim 90ha, so around 20ha remains to be reclaimed.We are awaiting the CRZ nod from the Centre to reclaim 21ha more,” said the official. In all, BMC plans to reclaim 111ha. Reclamation is being done with boulders brought from hillocks being knocked down for Navi Mumbai airport.