The BMC said that it is racing to complete the over Rs 12,000 crore mega Coastal Road project by November next year. The completed Coastal Road works will add a 8.5km long and 20m wide sea promenade to the city, between Priyadarshini Park at Nepean Sea Road and the Worli side of the Bandra Worli Sea Link.
BMC said that this should be almost double the length of the existing 3.6 km Marine Drive promenade, a portion of which is being sacrificed for the mega project. Officials said that the sea promenade between Priyadarshani and Worli will be accompanied by a bicycle track, an open-air theatre, and an underground car park.
“The construction work of the coastal road project is going on as per schedule and it is expected to be completed by November 2023. The project will include the city's largest sea facing promenade which will be 20 meter wide and 8. 5 km long which will run right up to the Worli end of the Bandra Worli Sea Link. Along the promenade the BMC plans to plant native trees as part of its beautification drive. There will also be adequate seating arrangements,” said the official.
The BMC has so far completed over 50% of the Mumbai Coastal Road works which include reclamation and tunnelling as well. Reclamation works had been undertaken at various sites — near Girgaum chowpatty, Priydarshani Park at Nepean Sea Road, Bhulabhai Desai Road-Breach Candy area, Haji Ali and Worli sea face. The project estimates land reclamation of 111 hectares of which only a small portion remains to be reclaimed.
In the civic budget for 2022-23, the BMC allocated Rs 3,200 crore for the Coastal Road project while municipal commissioner IS Chahal said that they are determined to complete 90% of the project work by the end of financial year 2022-23.