A coastal road in Mumbai city is a step closer to becoming a reality after the Maharashtra coastal zone management authority (MCZMA) approved reclamation of 160 hectares for the project and recommended the amendment of coastal regulation zone (CRZ) notification, 2011, to facilitate its implementation. The MCZMA made this suggestion to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) in a meeting on June 10 to decide on the increasing issue of traffic congestion.
First phase of the Eastern Freeway of Mumbai city was inaugurated by the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on June 13. It is the city's most-ambitious elevated road project. The cost for the first phase of the Eastern Freeway is stated to be at Rs 847-crore. More than 35,000 motorists will now be able to use the 14 km, elevated road from Orange Gate near CST station to Chembur in the Eastern suburb.