After much delay, the Bandra-Worli Sealink project, connecting western suburbs to island city of Mumbai, will finally be completed by the end of this year as the work is back on track.
The sealink would be ready in December 2008 as the dispute between Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) is over, Public Works Department Minister Anil Deshmukh told PTI.
The dispute between the two bodies was on the issue of increasing the project cost, which was Rs 400 crore earlier and now it has gone to Rs 1306 crore. HCC had suspended work on the project since May 2007, demanding the excess cost.
He said, HCC has started the work again as the state granted an additional fund of Rs 112 crore for the project. As a part of the first phase of the Sealink project, the Bandra-Worli Sealink will be an eight lane, twin carriages cable stayed bridge connecting western suburbs of Mumbai with downtown Mumbai.
At present, Mahim Causeway is the only way which connects western suburbs to south of Mumbai. The existing north-south corridor is very congested and during the peak hours results in a bottleneck at Mahim Causeway. The link will act as an alternative route between the western suburbs of Mumbai and south Mumbai, in addition to the Mahim Causeway.
The second phase of the project, a 16-km-stretch connecting Worli to Nariman Point, was originally scheduled to begin in December last year and it was expected to be completed in four years. The expected cost of the project is 4,000 crore.