Mumbai will have three six-lane cable-stayed bridgesall in the western suburbs. The municipal body has invited expression of interest for the three bridges that will connect Madh to Versova, Marve to Manori and Lokhandwala to Malad at an estimated cost of Rs 1,145 crore. The city already has two cable-stayed bridges—the Bandra-Worli sea link, which celebrated its 10th anniversary on July 23, and the Metro rail viaduct on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor.
It is through his sustained efforts that the bridges will finally come up, but residents of Gorai, Manori and Uttan are strongly opposed to the bridge over Manori creek as they claim that it will destroy the livelihood of local fishermen and farmers. There is a ferry connecting Versova to Madh every two minutes. One can go across in five minutes. Only if one wants to go by road, he has to go all the way to Malad to reach Marve.
The initial plan was that the road leading to the bridge would pass through Versova village. They opposed to the plan and five years later, it was changed. Now, the bridge will start from the area where fishermen dry their catch. It was demanded that the government compensate those who will lose their fish-drying area.
The bridge will destroy gaothans on both sides of Versova creek. Civic officials admitted that there has been opposition to the project for years, but they have been able to convince locals about the need for these crucial links. “During monsoon, these areas are cut off. So, they do understand that they will benefit from the bridges,” said a civic official. As for the Lokhandwala-Malad bridge, the Metro Line 2A has taken up an entire lane of the Link Road. The bridge will be an arterial road parallel to S V Road and Malad Link Road. These plans are still in the early stage as the designs are to be finalised and various clearances to be obtained, but they are part of Development Plan 2034, so they will be built.