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Thane's elevated road: Waiting for Environment Ministry's approval

Monday, January 29, 2018
By Manjiri Chitre

After almost three years of waiting, Thane’s proposed elevated road may get the nod

Almost three years after the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) had planned an elevated road on the hilly section of the Ghodbunder Road in Thane, the construction of the proposed plan has still not received the wildlife and forest approval from the Environment Ministry.
According to senior MSRDC officials, on the condition of anonymity, the proposed project is allegedly set to get an approval soon and the construction of the same will be starting in the next few months.  

There is a lot of vehicular traffic between Thane and Borivali. According to MSRDC officials, the elevated road plan was proposed to decongest Ghhodbunder Road from the heavy traffic that occurs during peak hours. The 4.4-km-long elevated road is estimated to cost around Rs 450 crores.
Officials claimed that the smaller vehicles should use the elevated road, and that heavy vehicles should continue using the existing road to ease the traffic congestion on the roads.

The elevated road will start from the Fountain Hotel at the Western Express Highway (WEH) and stretches till the Gaimukh area, which falls under the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). Since the Gaimukh area falls under SGNP, an approval from the Environment Ministry is necessary to start the project. Ghodbunder Road already has four existing ground level lanes and the elevated road will provide an additional four lanes.  

The elevated road project received a nod from the MSRDC and the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure in 2015. However, the project is still stuck due to the pending wildlife and forest approval. “We are hoping that we soon get a nod from the wildlife and forest committee to start the elevated road project.
Once we receive the nod from them, we will make a Detailed Project Report (DPR) about the same and the construction work will start soon in the next few months,” said SD Dhote, Chief Engineer, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC).

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