Construction | August 2012
MSRDC to start work on water transport project
Work on the proposed water transport system on the eastern and western coast of Mumbai may start in October and go on for around 18 months in case clearances come through. Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is being actively involved in finalising bids for the project, reports suggest. The MSRDC had invited expressions of interest (EOIs) from passenger and or Ro-Ro vessel operators for participating in operation of passenger and Ro-Ro water transport from Ferry Wharf to Nerul and from Ferry Wharf to Mandwa on the eastern coast. It had also invited bids for the construction of an elevated road or fly over from Ferry Wharf to PD Mello Road and Eastern Freeway (at Orange Gate). The fare for passengers in the air-conditioned vessels would be in the range of around Rs100 while car users availing of the row on, row off (Ro-Ro) facilities will have to pay about Rs 300. The MSRDC had also invited bids for the development of infrastructure and operation of the water transport system on the western coast. The MSRDC is seeking to undertake the Rs 7,53.44 crore work on the construction of terminal facilities for the water transport system in three packages, namely, Nariman Point and Juhu (Rs 262.36 crore), Bandra and Versova (Rs 239.39 crore) and Borivali and Marve (Rs 251.69 crore). It has also sought EOIs from passenger vessel operators for the operation of the passenger ferry services, which may have a fare of around Rs 5 per km.