Mumbai Coastal Road’s 3.5 km north-bound arm opens for vehicles

The stretch extends from Haji Ali to Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Road in Worli. It is part of the nearly 12-km-long Mumbai Coastal Road Project.

Published - July 11, 2024 11:11 am IST - Mumbai

A view of the ongoing work of Coastal Road project, in Mumbai. File

A view of the ongoing work of Coastal Road project, in Mumbai. File | Photo Credit: The Hindu

“A 3.5-km stretch of the Coastal Road’s north-bound carriageway in Mumbai was opened for vehicular traffic at 7 a.m. on July 11, which will help in reducing the travel time to suburbs from south Mumbai,” civic officials said.

The stretch extends from Haji Ali to Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Road in Worli. It is part of the nearly 12-km-long Mumbai Coastal Road Project.

“It will help motorists avoid traffic snarls which they had been facing between Haji Ali and the Bandra-Worli Sea Link,” an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.

“The carriageway will be accessible to vehicles from Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.,” the BMC said in a release on July 10.

“The corridor is being opened temporarily for vehicles going to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link from the Coastal Road and will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays for completion of the remaining work of the project,” it said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on July 10 inspected the stretch in the presence of municipal commissioner Bhushan Gagrani and other senior officials.

Mr. Shinde said the coastal road project is 91% complete and the administration has been directed to conclude the remaining work as early as possible. In the first phase, the BMC opened a 9.5-km-long south-bound corridor of the Coastal Road from Bindu Madhav Chowk in Worli to Marine Drive on March 11.

This was followed by the opening of a 6.25 km north-bound carriageway between Marine Drive and Lotus Junction at Haji Ali in the next phase on June 10.

The Mumbai Coastal Road Project, which is being implemented by the BMC, will provide a direct connection with the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, reducing travel time between south Mumbai and suburbs and improving the overall commuting experience. The construction of the ambitious ₹13,983 crore project started on October 13, 2018.

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