State government gives a nod for the Bandra-Versova Sea Link project

The tenders will be finalised in January and the construction will begin by March 2018

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After eight years of waiting, the state government gave an administrative approval for the Bandra-Versova Sea Link project which will finally see the light of the day. 

The tenders will be confirmed in January 2018 and by March, the construction will begin confirmed Kiran Kurundkar, Joint Managing Director of Maharashtra State Roads Development Corporation (MSRDC). The state public works department issued a government resolution (GR) giving a green light to the project. However, the GR did not mention about the deadline for the project.

How will it help?

The Bandra-Versova Sea Link will help out to ease the traffic situation in western suburbs and it would connect south Mumbai to western suburbs by a series of roads and tunnels.

When was it cleared?

Though the State Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure cleared the Versova-Bandra sea link on August 18,2009, it took another four years for the government to get the clearance of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and environment clearance from the Centre in January 2013.

Tenders will be finalised in 2018

MSRDC has short-listed five companies and these companies have to fill in tenders by January 15, 2018. The whole procedure will be completed by February and the construction will begin by March 2018.

Facts about Bandra-Versova Sea Link

  • Extension of Bandra-Worli Sea Link
  • The main four by four-lane bridge of Versova-Bandra sea link - 9.60 km
  • The cable-stayed bridge - 0.30 km long
  • The Balance Cantilever Bridge - 0.10 km long
  • Bandra-Versova Sea Link – 17.17 km
  • Estimated cost – INR 7502 crore
  • There will be four connectors- Bandra, Otters Club, Juhu Link Road and Versova Link Road
  • Toll plazas- Bandra, Carter Road, Juhu-Koliwada and Nana-Nani Park
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