Environment ministry finds flaws in Mumbai’s coastal road plan

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has pointed out basic flaws that could further delay the BMC’s most ambitious project, ‘The Coastal Road’.

In a letter dated July 22, the MoEF said the coastal road proposal recommended to the ministry by Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has several deficiencies – the lack of a disaster management plan, issues with some environment impact reports and no approval from the state and central pollution control bodies and the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) maps.

This 12000 crore coastal road is planned to connect Malad to South Mumbai and is expected to change the way Mumbai commutes.

“The MoEF has as good as sent the proposal back to the drawing board. The BMC had not met even the most basic compliances required for an environment clearance,” said a senior state government official, who did not wish to be named.

Guess, the wait for coastal road will have to be long!