The Maharastra State government has given its nod for 3 infrastructure projects; the Bandra-Versova Sea Link, Mumbai-Pune New Lane Expressway and the third bridge on Thane creek at Vashi.
“Work on all three projects should commence within a month. These are infrastructure projects that should be taken up on a priority basis, as they would bring greater comfort to commuters and streamline traffic. Completion of these projects would mean major relief for the people,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said while addressing a meeting of his infrastructure projects committee.
Bandra-Versova Sea Link Project
The Bandra-Versova Sea Link Project is estimated to be three times the length of the existing Bandra-Worli Sea Link. The project is estimated to cost nearly Rs 7,000-crore and will be developed by Reliance Infrastructure and Italy’s Astaldi, within a span of five years. A route from Bandra Bus Terminus connecting the sea link at Versova Nana Nani Park from the Western Express Highway (Parle Junction) will also be developed.
The 9.2 km long sea link would be an extension to the existing Bandra-Worli Sea Link. Once completed it will provide an alternate route to commuters travelling to south Mumbai from Western Suburbs.
The sea link would by-pass congested routes like Borivali, Andheri, Juhu, Mahim, etc, effectively reducing travel time from western suburbs to south Mumbai to 12 minutes. Currently, it takes about 60-90 minutes during peak office hours to commute this route.
The sea-link project which was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) in 2009 received clearances from the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and Environment Ministry only by January 2013.
The project is expected to be a game-changer for Mumbai’s property market propelling the development of housing hubs at Kandivali, Borivali and Mira Road.
Thane Creek Project
Construction on the third bridge across the Thane creek at Vashi is expected to commence soon. The project, which is expected to cost Rs 560 crore will consist of a six-lane bridge, built by Larsen&Toubro.
The project also entails the extension and modernisation of the toll booth at Vashi in an attempt to reduce traffic and congestion.
New Lane Project for Mumbai-Pune Expressway
The total length of the project will be 13 km. It will provide the missing link in the ghat section between Khopoli and Khandala. A two-stage tunnel commencing from Khalapur toll booth and terminating at Kusgaon (Sinhagad Institute) will be constructed. Construction on the same is expected to commence soon. The total length of the two tunnels will span close to 11 kms and will be constructed by Navayuga Engineering at a cost of Rs 2,670 crore.
The project will also consist of a 650m high cable-stayed bridge. The bride is expected to be the connecting section between the two tunnels and will span a total length of 2 km. The 2km, cable-stay viaducts will be constructed by AFCONS Infrastructure at a cost of Rs 1,492 crore. Once completed, the bridge is expected to be the longest of its kind in the country – drastically reducing travel times between Pune and Mumbai.