The 3.3-km-long Worli-Haji Ali sea link, which will be the city’s second sea bridge and direct traffic from the Bandra-Worli sea link till Haji Ali, may be further delayed.
The lackadaisical approach by the government in addressing the concerns of the Reliance Sealink One Private Limited, which has been entrusted with the Rs4,500-crore project, is being cited as the reason for this delay.
Though Reliance was expected to start work on July 3, the state government issued a government resolution (GR) to this effect only a day before on July 2. The GR agrees to sign the state support agreement and has issued directives allowing Reliance to charge toll on the bridge. However, the GR does not specify about handing over land for the casting yard at Bandra where heavy machineries would be kept.
Reliance had sought the State Support Agreement to be given by the state government assuring that it would get the viability gap funding of Rs1,634 crore if the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation failed to pay up and a government notification allowing it the right to collect toll and the handing over of the casting yard at Bandra.
Officials also claim that the government is looking at altering certain clauses of the State Support Agreement, which is not acceptable to Reliance.
Reliance has expressed its unwillingness to take over the project until the government clarifies its stand. “They want Reliance to pay the Rs1,640 crore for buying the Bandra-Worli sea link. However, they are still hesitant to sign the agreement, which they claim needs to be amended,” a source said.