The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has recommended Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation's (MSRDC) proposal for the construction of an 18-km multimodal corridor starting from Chirner village in Uran to Balavali on National Highway (NH)-17. For coastal regulatory zone (CRZ) clearance MCZMA has sent the approval to the Union environment ministry. A multimodal corridor is a single corridor designed to facilitate easy movement of multiple modes of transport, from private cars to public mass transit systems and even non-motorized transport, along with the flow of utilities such as gas, power and sewage. The proposal by MCZMA is planned as a connection between Mumbai trans-harbour link (MTHL), Mumbai Pune Expressway, NH-66 connecting Panvel to Kanyakumari and NH4-B that connects Mumbai with Goa. The entire project will span across 220.39 hectares including forests, mangroves and agricultural land, and will pass 2.3 km east of Karnala Bird Sanctuary. While the alignment has been redrawn at MCZMA's instruction, still at least 16 hectares of mangroves in Pen, Uran and Panvel talukas of Raigad will be affected by the project, with the majority of trees (241) falling in Uran's Vindhane. The corridor will also pass through two CRZ-governed water bodies at Uran and Panvel. While the project has been exempted from obtaining environment clearance (EC), MCZMA has imposed conditions on its assent which include compensatory afforestation in consultation with the mangrove cell and seeking for forest clearance under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980.
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