MMRDA cuts length of Eastern Freeway to save mangroves







By Accommodation Times News Service

MMRDA has now decided to cut short the length of Eastern Freeway which was supposed to stretch up to Ghatkopar –Mankhurd Link Road. Official from the sources said, development authority initial plan was to take the Panjarpol –Ghatkopar Link Road right up to the Eastern Express Highway such that it would touch Ghatkopar at Ramabai Ambedkar nagar. But now is terminating this as the only reason is to save the mangroves and slums.  There is thick vegetation of mangroves followed by a large number of slums, also there was an issue of environment clearance due to mangroves.

The official admitted that touching Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar slums would have resulted in shooting up the project costs on account of rehabilitation of locals. However, the MMRDA was able to secure permission to construct the Eastern Freeway next to the mangroves at Bhakti Park, Wadala. Since the start of ground work in April 2005 for the Eastern Freeway project between Orange Gate and “Ghatkopar”, the cost has already shot up from Rs847.02crore to Rs 1,265crore that is by 49.34 per cent.

Cost of just the Panjarpol-Ghatkopar Link Road project has increased by 74.90 per cent from Rs 168.02crore to Rs 293.87crore.



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