As first reported by dna, the 35.6-km coastal road project between Nariman Point and Kandivli has got a go-ahead from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests as it issued a notification to implement this big-ticket project.On Wednesday, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, “Thank you @narendramodi ji & @PrakashJavdekar ji for issuing notification allowing Coastal Road construction. Its dream come true for Mumbaikars.”As per the notification issued on Wednesday by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change for amending Coastal Regulatory Zone Notification, 2011, reclamation may be permitted for “roads, mass rapid or multimodal transit system…”The project has been facing stiff opposition from environmentalists, resident groups and transport activists in Mumbai on various counts – right from damaging the environment, to the project being looked at as promoting ownership of private vehicles instead of diverting the same funds for improving public transportation systems in congested Mumbai.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will implement the project, pegged at Rs9,000 crore. Funds for this is already being collected by the civic body through Fungible Floor Space Index (FSI).The project, when ready, will considerably save travel time. Presently, it takes above two hours to travel between Kandivli and Nariman Point, but on the Coastal Freeway it will be well within 45 minutes.dna had on April 7 reported about the state government’s plan to scrap chain of sea-links on the western coast of Mumbai for Coastal Road.Meanwhile, chief secretary Swadheen Kshatriya informed dna that the proposal for the planned Navi Mumbai International Airport would also receive sanctions from Union as well as State governments in the month of January.He added that the Cabinet note for the airport project is also ready and since it involved permissions from Civil Aviation department, it has been sent to the Union government for necessary approvals. “We are hopeful that the airport project would be cleared in the month of January after which works on phase one would commence,” said Kshatriya. The first phase, which involves building a capacity of 10 million passengers, would be created in three years’ time. Later, the capacity would be augmented to 60 million passengers.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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Coastal road clears major hurdle, Fadnavis thanks PM Modi