Over a month after an expert appraisal committee recommended the Peddar Road flyover for coastal zone regulation (CRZ) clearance, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is still awaiting an official clearance letter from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).
This means that it will take at least another three months before work on the long-pending project can finally begin.
A senior MSRDC official, requesting anonymity, said the MoEF had appointed the expert appraisal committee, which recommended the project for CRZ clearance in meetings held on November 8 and 9. However, the clearance came with conditions attached to it. The MSRDC was asked to install a noise barrier system in the construction and post-construction phase of the project, among other things.
“However, we are yet to receive an official letter from the ministry about the clearance. We have no idea how long it will take for the ministry to issue the same,” said the official.
“Actual construction work on the flyover is likely to take anything between three months and a year to begin. Once we receive the clearance letter, we have to fulfil several formalities with the public works department and the police, amongst others, before the tendering process begins. All of this will take substantial time and further push ahead the on-ground implementation date of the project,” he added.
A scientist who is a member of the MoEF committee and was present during all the meetings also confirmed that the ministry was yet to give the final clearance. “The final decision for projects is taken by the ministry, and no project can be launched without this clearance,” he said.