Published On:May 20 2019
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Bridge of discontent: Gorai prefers peace to development.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) plans to undertake a project of building a bridge connecting the Gorai island to the mainland in Borivali. The bridge is part of the MMRDA’s tourism development plan (TDP), which was sanctioned by the State government in 2007.

Gorai village located adjacent to Gorai creek is either accessed by ferries or by the overland route via Bhayandar. While the ferry ride from Borivali to Gorai takes around 20 minutes, the overland route takes over an hour.

According to the MMRDA, the ₹575 crore project will involve a bridge connecting the Don Bosco High School junction on Link Road in Borivali to the Hanuman Mandir junction in Gorai. The bridge will cut down travel distance from 21 km via the land route to 8 km and reduce the travel time by 45 minutes. The project is being spearheaded by engineer Pravin Kide.

While the MMRDA claims the bridge will bring development to Gorai village and neighbouring areas, promote tourism, and ensure easy commute, residents are not quite convinced.

The island village known for its greenery, clean beaches and Global Vipassana Pagoda, is home to East Indian Catholic community, one of the original inhabitants. Residents fear the project is a systematic move to displace the community, destroy the local culture, and urbanise the village.

THE HINDU





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