Mumbai: ₹4,678-crore GMLR project gets green light from wildlife board

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s ambitious Goregaon-Mulund Link Road project worth ₹4,678 crore has crossed a major hurdle after it received a nod from the National Board for Wildlife. The only approval pending is from the forest department as the rest of the clearances required for this big ticket project are already in place.

GMLR will connect Film City in Goregaon and Mulund via a 12.7 km six-lane road. It will be the fourth east-west connectivity link road after Santacruz-Chembur Link Road, Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road, and Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road. As per the BMC’s plan, 4.7 km of the GMLR will be a twin tunnel road with 3+3 lanes running underneath the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Along with this, a 1.60-km box tunnel in the premises of Film City has also been planned.

A provision of ₹100 crore has been made for the project in the BMC budget 2019-20.

The project had got a nod from the Maharashtra State Board of Wildlife in December and received eco-sensitive zone clearance. Urban planners, however, have expressed concerns.

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