According to the notification of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the roads do not need any clearances but highways have to get such environmental clearances. in News And Views 1 min read. The project, however, seemed like a perpetual non-starter as it involved reclaiming land, prohibited under Coastal Regulation Zone norms, as well as due to concerns over the adverse effects of reclamation. Navi Mumbai Coastal Road will be ready by 2021 and will connect Kharghar with Belapur and MTHL with Navi Mumbai Airport. They have been reclaiming land and pouring concrete into the ocean. Its degradation cannot be allowed. Javadekar had said that MCZMA’s suggestions were not relevant to the law and permissions would be granted in a week’s time,” said a senior civic official.Copyright © 2020 The Indian Express [P] Ltd. All Rights Reserved Mumbai Coastal Road: No green nod yet, project to miss Oct 1 deadline Mumbai needs roads. in Video 1 min read. The Coastal Road Project is an outcome of this failed planning system that deprives the many of their basic needs to provide extravagances to the few. In April, the high court had prohibited the civic body from carrying out any further work on the project following which the corporation appealed in the Supreme Court.Representative image of the coast in Mumbai. This court had earlier even refused to grant an interim stay of the judgment of High Court,” he said.Gonsalves said that heavy machines were removed from the site after the High Court order but they will return and start work if the court grants an interim stay.The bench said it would stay the High Court verdict and hear the matter in the month of March.The bench was hearing appeals filed by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Larsen and Toubro Ltd and HCC HDC JV.On October 23, the top court had refused to grant an interim stay of the High Court verdict.The apex court had earlier sought a response from fishermen’s association, activists and residents on whose petitions the High Court on July 16 quashed the CRZ clearances, saying there was “serious lacuna” in the decision-making process and lack of proper scientific study.A division bench of the high court in its ruling had said the civic body cannot proceed with work on the 29.2 km project, which proposes to connect the Marine Drive area in south Mumbai to suburban Borivali in north Mumbai.The high court had noted that the environmental clearance was required to be taken by the civic body under Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification issued by the Centre.“We declare that the civic body cannot proceed with the works without obtaining an environmental clearance under EIA notification.
Photo: Siddhartha Kar/Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0The top court, however, said that authorities can reclaim the land meant for construction of the eight-lane 29.2 km-long road project but cannot develop it.The ambitious project of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai proposes to connect the Marine Drive area in south Mumbai to suburban Borivali in north Mumbai.A bench of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and Justices B.R. Senior officials of the BMC had then directly approached the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to speed up the process.The MCZMA is yet to forward their report after which the permissions will be granted by the MoEF.A senior official working on the Coastal Road project stated that the process of granting final approval has come to a standstill since the cabinet reshuffle took place earlier this month.During his last visit in June, the former environment minister, who has now been replaced by Anil Dave, had given a positive response to granting permission for land reclamation for the project.Admitting that the wait for approvals will delay the work on the ground an it won’t begin by October, a senior civic official stated that there has been no progress on the issue this month.“We have had no dialogue with the new minister or anyone in his office. While it takes around 12 hours to cover the 590-km distance between Mumbai and Goa, the four-laned coastal highway will cut the time required to seven hours. Mumbai Coastal Road: No green nod yet, project to miss Oct 1 deadline; Mumbai Coastal Road: No green nod yet, ... A senior official working on the Coastal Road project stated that the process of granting final approval has come to a standstill since the cabinet reshuffle took place earlier this month. The previous government had proposed the coastal road project as an alternative to an expensive network of sea links to connect Mumbai’s south to its western suburbs in 2011.