BMC: No proposal to widen main road at Aarey Milk Colony

AFTER OPPOSITION from environmentalists, who are against widening the main road at Aarey Milk Colony, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Wednesday that there was no proposal to widen the section.

The statement released by the civic body said: “The scope of work includes improving the existing road to the available width of cement concrete. There is no proposal to widen the existing asphalt road.

The main road to Aarey is an asphalt road 8 km long and 7 meters wide (with two lanes).

The statement further reads: “During the improvement of the road, all necessary precautions will be taken to protect the existing trees and the nearby forest of Aarey. The necessary mitigation measures will be taken in accordance with the directives of the Chief Conservator of Forests.

Environmentalists argue that such expansion and improvement in infrastructure can be environmentally damaging to the region.

The Aarey main road connects the Western Express Highway to the P / South (Goregaon West), K / East (Andheri East) and S (Powai-Bhandup) districts.

In a letter to BMC, Zoru Bathena, an environmentalist said: “It seems that by widening the existing road,

BMC intends to allow more vehicles to use this road in violation of the provisions of the ESZ notification, which states that traffic must be regulated (controlled) in these ESZ areas. It should not be used as some kind of traffic shortcut.