No proposal for cable-stayed bridge across Manori: Centre

Last Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 00:09

Mumbai: The Centre has said there is no
proposal received from Maharashtra Government regarding
construction of a cable-stayed bridge on the Manori-Marve
creek.

"It is informed that no such proposal has been received
from Maharashtra Government for CRZ clearance," Union Minister
of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh told senior
BJP leader Ram Naik in a letter.
The reply was to a letter by the former Petroleum
Minister, objecting to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region
Development Authority`s (MMRDA) plan to build a cable-stayed
bridge on the Manori-Marve creek.

Ram Naik today accused MMRDA of coming up with the
proposal at the behest of certain builders.

"The proposed bridge would harm the environment and
natural beauty of coastal villages like Manori, Gorai, and
Uttan," he said.

"It would also endanger the livelihood of local fishermen
and farmers. We therefore oppose it," he said.

Naik said the state government must explain why the
bridge was being proposed though none of the locals had asked
for it.
"The MMRDA claims that the bridge will reduce traffic
congestion on the Western Express Highway and Swami Vivekanand
Road," he said.

"I wonder how will it happen. Probably the government
does not know that now the third link road is also being used
for the same traffic," he said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 00:09

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