After seven years of construction, five deadline extensions and continuous prodding by the World Bank, which is funding the project, it looks like the Santacruz Chembur Link Road (SCLR) will finally be complete by December 2011.
The 6.5 km road, which will connect the eastern and western suburbs, will cut travel time between the two suburbs by around 90 minutes. It will take only 17 minutes to travel between the two suburbs using this road.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is in charge of the project, told the World Bank on Thursday that the SCLR, being built at a cost of Rs 242 crore, will be ready by the end of next year.
“This time we will ensure the project is completed by December 2011,” said MMRDA commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad.
Started in 2003 under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project, the SCLR was originally supposed to be ready by 2005, but only 60 per cent of the work has been completed so far. Lat year, the World Bank had expressed its unhappiness at the state of the project and had told the MMRDA to appoint a consultant to ensure better management.
Things are better now. “We are reasonably happy as compared to the last time we evaluated the project. There is, however, a need for better coordination with the Railways for design and construction on the railway premises,” Hubert Josserand, World Bank’s Task Team Leader (MUTP), said.
The World Bank has decided to give a loan extension till 2011 to the state government for the MUTP, with an undertaking that all projects with the exception of the SCLR be completed before June 2011.
For the SCLR, the Bank has asked the MMRDA to submit an implementation plan by December 2010, after which it will consider a loan extension.