BMC okays Marine Drive promenade resurfacing

Saturday, 4 January 2014 - 11:03am IST | Agency: DNA

About a year-and-half after it was mooted to resurface Marine Drive promenade and other roads in the city, the civic standing committee on Friday approved a proposal to carry out the task.

Now, the administration of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is all set to issue work orders to commence the work.

According to the proposal, the resurfacing of the 4.3-kilometre stretch between National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) at the Nariman Point end and Girgaum Chowpatty will be done using mechanised mastic and cement method. This stretch witnesses heavy traffic every day.

The civic body has decided to improve the stretch after having received complaints of its deteriorating quality.

On October 23, dna had reported about the civic body’s move to resurface the 4.3 km stretch with mechanised mastic and cement process.

“The road, constructed in 1940, is now in a very bad shape and the concretisation of the road will take a lot of time to complete the work. So, we have now decided to resurface the stretch with mechanised mastic,” said Rahul Shewale, chairman of the civic standing committee.

Shewlae added that it contains high bitumen content and has more life than the ordinary asphalt road.

Shewlae added that the civic body has made a provision of Rs150 crore for the resurfacing of Marine Drive and other road works in the vicnity of the island city.

Officials from the roads department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said that as per the old plan, 70 per cent of the stretch of the road between Girgaum Chowpatty and Madame Cama Road was to be made of mechanised mastic, and the remaining stretch, up to NCPA in Nariman Point will be of cement concrete.

The officials said that this plan had to be abandoned as it would have taken at least three years and up to four years to complete the entire work.

“The work of resurfacing will be carried out in phases considering the heavy traffic that this road witnesses,” said an official from the municipal corporation’s roads department, adding that the work order will be issued soon.

Another official said that the job would be completed in a year’s with the new method being used.

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