Virar to Nariman Point in 90 minutes with Bandra-Versova sea link extension

If the proposal of Bandra-Versova sea link extension goes through, it will enable commuters to travel from Virar to Nariman Point in 90 mintues flat

Virar to Nariman Point in 90 minutes with Bandra-Versova sea link extension

There are several infrastructure projects planned in Mumbai and officials are planning to add one more to the list with an aim to make the commute easy for Mumbaikars. As per reports, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is planning an extension of the Bandra-Versova sea link. 

Updates from the team confirm that a viability study for the same has been completed with an aim to extend the project till Virar, and a proposal will soon be submitted keeping the study observations in mind. Data reveals that this extension will end in Virar via the Vasai creek, and this will be done by extending the sea link one kilometre inside the sea. 

The extension of the sea link would be completed by 2026 and will have eight lanes, stretching up to 52 km in length till Virar. The cost of this project is estimated at ₹22,000 crores. This extension project may have interchange points at Borivali, Dahisar, Bhayander and Vasai. Besides this, the team is also planning interchanges at Otter’s club in Bandra and Juhu Koliwada, for the bridge connecting the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

The viability study was done based on the current usage of corridor, toll and junctions by motorists, said Shankar Dhote, chief executive engineer at MSRDC. The study report states that approximately 1.5 lakh vehicles would be using the sea link on an everyday basis and the toll charges may be structured as ₹800 and ₹1,500, for one-way use of cars and buses respectively. 

The first phase of the coastal road project is expected to finish in December 2022. This will start at Nariman Point and end at Worli making it easy for commuters to connect to South Bombay. The extension will further help the commute between Virar and Nariman Point, which currently takes more than three hours. Once operational, the 65-km journey may take just half that time.

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