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Elevated road may link Lokhandwala, Malad

MUMBAI: If all is going as deliberate, town may get an increased highway alongside the sea and over the mangroves from Andheri’s Lokhandwala to Malad’s Lagoon Road.

The proposal was once announced within the civic funds tabled on Monday and a block cost of Rs 450 crore was once allocated for it. Civic officials stated the street would get advantages motorists from Marve and Madh in Malad as they might be capable of directly succeed in Andheri and back, and save giant on commute time.

The officials additional stated they began to plot the undertaking six months ago, and feature already ready the overall administrative drawing for it.

The highway, which is estimated to be 2km long, would have two lanes of 13 metres every. They at the moment are anticipating administrative popularity of the undertaking.

“We are but to test how a lot of the mangroves would be affected and, on that basis, we will search permission from the coastal regulatory authority. Our intention is to cut back the wear and tear to mangroves as much as conceivable,” stated an reputable from the BMC’s bridges division.

Environmentalists, though, have slammed the proposed highway. They stated more than the destruction of mangroves, “it will be interesting to look whether there's a want for an increased highway within the first place”.

Environmentalist Rishi Agarwal stated the proposed coastal highway’s western hyperlink is anticipated to solve traffic congestion. “Besides, the upcoming Metro undertaking within the western suburbs is anticipated to ease traffic woes. Therefore, there's a need to take a look at why any other highway is being proposed,” stated Agarwal.

The civic funds has emphasised on main works for the demolition, repair and reconstruction of most of the 344 bridges which it maintains. A special provision of Rs 108 crore was once made within the funds for these bridges.

Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta, in his funds speech, stated following the structural audit of old 314 bridges, subways and skywalks, 14 bridges were discovered to require demolition and reconstruction, 47 wanted main upkeep and 176 minor ones. The estimated cost of these tasks is Rs 13.eight crore, Rs 61 crore and Rs 202 crore, respectively.

A special provision of Rs 108 crore was once thus made for the aim.

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