MMRDA bags Rs 11k cr project
Our Mumbai Bureau
Finally the verdict is out. The high profile Mumbai Trans harbour link (MTHL) project which was mired in several hurdles has been handed over to Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA). The link will connect Sewri in South Mumbai to Nhava Sheva in Navi Mumbai. The MMRDA may face many hurdles in constructing the 22km sea link as the road passes through the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. It is not clear whether the project will get clearance from the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF).According to MMRDA officials, the project cost will now escalate to Rs 11,000 crore, instead of about Rs 8,600 crore estimated earlier. The escalation in cost is due to the additional 28-km stretch that is to be constructed to connect MTHL with the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The MMRDA was keen to bag this project, which is one of the biggest infrastructure projects to be undertaken in the country.
Rahul Asthana, the newly appointed MMRDA commissioner had earlier named MTHL as the top priority project, if MMRDA succeeds in bagging it. "If MMRDA is chosen for the task, it would bring in immense pride and a huge responsibility to our shoulders," he added.
The project will be executed in three phases. Phase I will include construction of main bridge with 6 lane facility from Sewri to Nhava including approaches at grade near Sewri end, interchange at Nh4B near Chirle village and underpasses at road and railway crossings. The length of MTHL road project from Sewri to NH-4B is 22 km. Phase II will consist of dispersal system at Sewri connecting Eastern Freeway and Acharya Donde Marg to MTHL. Phase III will see construction of Metro rail link from Sewri to Nhava and from Nhava to MMSEZ area near Pen, to Panvel via proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport and to Uran.