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CM Shinde Inaugurates Mumbai Coastal Road Phase 2

Mumbaikars got a major relief from the city’s notorious traffic congestion as Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde inaugurated the second phase of the Dharmveer Swarajya Rakshak Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj Coastal Road on Monday. This new 6.25 km northbound arm, running from Marine Drive to Haji Ali, will be open for traffic from June 11th.

The coastal road project, being constructed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), aims to slash travel times between the Western Suburbs and South Mumbai by over 70%. Once fully operational by July 2024, it will cut the commute from Worli to Marine Drive from 40-50 minutes down to just 8 minutes.

Addressing the gathering, CM Shinde hailed the coastal road as an engineering marvel using advanced technology. “This tunnel is 6.25 km long from Haji Ali and Amarsons. In July, this will open till Worli. The travel time will reduce to 8 minutes from 40-50 minutes,” he stated.

Like the 4.8 km southbound stretch from Worli to Marine Drive inaugurated in March, the new northbound arm will be operational from 7 AM to 11 PM on weekdays. The entire 10.58 km coastal road has a 4+4 lane configuration with modern interchanges at key junctions like Amarsons Garden, Haji Ali, and Worli Seaface for smoother traffic flow.

The coastal road project has incurred an expenditure of ā‚¹13,984 crore so far. Apart from drastically reducing travel times, it is estimated to decrease fuel consumption by 34% on this route. This will provide significant economic and environmental benefits.

Mumbai’s vehicular population has exploded in recent decades, putting immense strain on its saturated road network. The coastal road promises to be a game-changer by reducing congestion and enabling faster commutes in India’s financial capital.

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