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Nariman-Colaba bridge proposed to reduce traffic congestion

Considering significant traffic in South Mumbai, a new bridge connecting Nariman Point to Colaba has been proposed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority(MMRDA). This bridge will ensure reduced traffic congestion facilitating seamless travelling experience to motorists. For the said project, Project Management Consultant (PMC) has been appointed RA Rajeev, the Metropolitan Commissioner MMRDA.

Li Associates had submitted a traffic survey report in 2005-2008 to the MMRDA. In this report, development of a bridge connecting Nariman Point to Colaba was recommended. At present, for travelling on this route only one single road—Captain Prakash Pethe—is available. Following which a lot of traffic congestion is reported on a daily basis here resulting in loss of time.

To overcome the existing traffic problem and enable smooth travelling experience MMRDA has planned the new bridge construction work connecting Nariman Point to Colaba. The bridge will be 1.6 km. The appointed PMC will be responsible to prepare a detailed project report (DPR), suggest alignment, conduct traffic survey and study about necessary permissions that need to be obtained for carrying out the project. Besides, project estimated cost, and tendering process will be taken care of by PMC only. The expected job is required to be completed within four months of time period.

R A Rajeev, Metropolitan Commissioner MMRDA said, "Nariman Point to Colaba new bridge will not affect the existing livelihood of fishermen and we will take care of it. All precautionary measures will be adopted. No obstruction will be caused to the fishermen boats due to the project work. Also, the PMC of the said project will conduct study of marine species. Nariman Point to Colaba new bridge once developed will reduce the travel time.”

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