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Coastal rd could signal death knell for Carter Rd

MSRDC finalises plans. Work to start after LS polls. Experts say highway is just too slender to care for 45,000 cars that Sea Link will bring on a daily basis.

Carter Road, Mumbai’s much-loved sea-facing promenade, advanced and maintained by native residents, is soon going to modify ceaselessly. And no longer for higher, believe the residents.

The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has finalised its design for Bandra-Versova Sea Link connector that will land at Carter Road, raising fear that the largely residential space can be flooded with visitors.

According to MSRDC’s own estimate, over 45,000 cars will use the connector on a daily basis.

After Worli Sea Face, part of which has been taken over by the BMC for the construction of coastal highway, Carter Road is the second seafacing promenade that will lose its identity and charm to a challenge geared toward easing the strain on Mumbai’s present highway network.

The Bandra-Versova Sea Link will bring the go back and forth time between the two suburbs all the way down to 10 minutes from the present 90 minutes.

Residents, on the other hand, believe that this merit can be lost as soon as motorists exit the Sea Link and input the slender roads in Bandra and Versova.

The connector will land on Carter Road outdoor Otter’s Club, which residents fear will turn all of the sea-facing highway into a visitors bottleneck. “Carter Road could be very slender. There are visitors jams with the present ranges of visitors. Just imagine the situation when 45,000 more automobile get started landing here on a daily basis,” mentioned Congress corporator Asif Zakaria, who, in conjunction with different residents, has filed his objections with the MSRDC.

The MSRDC, on the other hand, claims it has no longer gained a unmarried grievance and is more likely to commence paintings at the Sea Link soon after the Lok Sabha elections. Officials mentioned all permissions are in position, together with the Bombay High Court’s gohead for reducing 2.99 hectares of mangroves.

MSRDC’s chief engineer and challenge in-charge Shankar Dhote mentioned: “We have no longer gained any representation from residents regarding exchange of landing point nor have we gained any visitors study from BMC suggesting choice landings. So, we're going forward with our paintings,” he mentioned.

The Sea Link will have three connectors – one every at Bandra Reclamation, Carter Road, and Juhu Koliwada. On the south it'll link with the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and its northern end will land at Versova’s Nana Nani Park with a highway link to SV Road in Andheri.

Vikram Rao, president, Otter’s Club, expressed wonder over MSRDC’s claim that it has no longer gained any objections from residents. He mentioned he was a part of a gaggle that met MSRDC officials in January this 12 months and submitted that only one connector at Carter Road would no longer be enough for fast dispersal of visitors. “We had asked MSRDC to make the visitors study file public. We additionally urged that an additional connector at Khar Danda be constructed. But we haven’t heard from them but,” Rao mentioned.

The Versova-Bandra Sea Link is a an important component of the coastal highway challenge -- a plan to glue south Mumbai and the western suburbs via a sequence of roads on land reclaimed from the ocean, tunnels and sea links. It is taking shape 9 years after the 5.6 km Bandra Worli Sea Link was opened to motorists. It will have a 300-metre cable-stayed segment similar to the only at the Bandra-Worli stretch.

Shyama Kulkarni, a Bandra activist and an AGNI trustee, mentioned Carter Road is not only a highway. “It is a social area. We have an amphitheater and boulevard performs and different cultural events happen at the promenade. All this can be drowned underneath a sea of acars as soon as the Sea Link connector opens,” she mentioned.

The promenade was an illegal dumping flooring prior to it was advanced into a swanky neighborhood area 18 years ago.

BJP legislator Ashish Shelar mentioned he stands in unity with the residents at the issue. “We have already got had one spherical of conferences with the MSRDC officials in this issue. After Lok Sabha elections, we can have any other spherical of talks,” Shelar mentioned.

The Carter Road promenade; (left images 1 & 2) the promenade hosts neighborhood and cultural events through the 12 months; (inset image three) the engineering drawing of the connector launched by MSRDC

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