In a recent announcement, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde revealed that the inaugural phase of Mumbai’s ambitious coastal road project, spanning from Marine Drive to Worli, is scheduled to become operational by the end of January 2024. Shinde, speaking at a local event, emphasized Maharashtra’s pivotal role as a growth engine with the highest number of infrastructure projects across the nation.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is diligently working on the coastal road initiative, designed to link the south Mumbai area of Marine Drive to Kandivali in the western suburb, utilizing the existing Bandra Worli Sea Link. Anticipated to alleviate northbound traffic congestion in Mumbai, the initial phase covers a 10.58-km stretch from Marine Drive to Worli in south Mumbai.
Additionally, Chief Minister Shinde highlighted the imminent completion of the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) project, connecting Sewri to Nhava Sheva, expected by the end of this month. Once operational, citizens will be able to traverse a 22-km distance in just 15 minutes, significantly reducing the current two-hour commute.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) oversees the six-lane MTHL project, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Shinde proudly stated, “After our government came to power, we reopened all the projects that were delayed,” underscoring the commitment to overcoming project delays and enhancing the infrastructure landscape in Maharashtra. The developments in both the coastal road and MTHL projects are poised to bring transformative changes to Mumbai’s transportation network.