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Friday, December 12, 2008

Swish new road planned to link Nariman Point to Cuffe Parade

The MMRDA would be approaching the Pune-based CWPRS to prepare a design for the proposed road

Mumbaiites who enjoy their evening strolls at the Queen’s Necklace would soon be able to walk up to Cuffe Parade with the Arabian Sea on one side, if a grand plan drawn up by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) materialises. The plan, passed at a meeting on Wednesday, is to reclaim land at the land’s end at Nariman Point to construct a 1.2-km road leading from the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) to Cuffe Parade.

According to Ratnakar Gaikwad, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, the Authority on Wednesday cleared that proposal to construct a road from National Centre for Performing Arts at Nariman Point to MLA Hostel (Manora) on Jagannath Bhosale Marg and would be extended up to junction of Nathalal Parekh Marg—that leads to Cuffe Parade. The proposed road would be open to vehicular traffic along with a Marine Drive-like promenade for pedestrians.

“Currently, people go up to a little further of NCPA till the dead end is, but with this proposal cleared a road would be constructed over reclaimed land with the sea on one side. The road is proposed to be around 12.5 meters wide of which 2.5 meters is proposed foot path,” Gaikwad said. The estimated cost of the road is Rs 50 crore.

Traffic in the business hub of Nariman Point is also expected to be more streamlined with the addition of an extra road between Marine Drive and Cuffe Parade.

The MMRDA would be approaching the Pune-based Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS) that would prepare a design for the proposed road, Gaikwad added. The MMRDA will now be approaching the authority for environmental clearance. “An environmental clearance will be sought. After a go ahead the construction would start,” he said.

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