Ahead of the October assembly elections, the Eknath Shinde-led government is pushing for the rollout of three major road projects, collectively valued at Rs 22,000 crore, by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Building on the success of the Nariman Point-Worli Coastal Road, these projects include the Dahisar-Mira Road connector, the Versova-Dahisar connector, and the Grant Road-Orange Gate elevated road.
The Dahisar-Mira Road connector has progressed significantly, with the finalization of the contractor. However, obtaining no-objection certificates from various government departments, including environment, salt pan commissioner, and others, remains a crucial step before moving forward.
For the Versova-Dahisar connector, bid scrutiny is currently underway. Once completed, the project will undergo administrative approval processes before contracts are awarded. Given its route through mangroves, the project requires permissions from the environment ministry and other government departments, extending the timeline to approximately six months.
Recently, the BMC initiated the tender process for a 5.6-kilometer-long elevated road between Grant Road East and Orange Gate, aiming to provide signal-free travel from the Eastern Freeway to the western part of the city.
These ambitious projects are part of the western high-speed corridor, strategically designed to alleviate traffic congestion on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway and the Western Express Highway. With a focus on reducing commuting time, the BMC aims to kickstart these initiatives before the assembly elections, addressing key infrastructure needs in Mumbai.