The tug-of-war over who will build the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link is taking a turn for the benefit of commuters.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) are trying to better each other’s offer on toll rates to bag the project.
The state road development agency, which was supposed to build the 22-km Nhava-Sewri sea link, had proposed a toll of Rs 205 for a one-way journey.
Now, the MMRDA, which is looking to pip the MSRDC in the race to build the trans-harbour link, has offered a toll rate of only Rs 105.
Chief Minister (CM) Ashok Chavan is likely to decide which of the two agencies will handle the project.
The MSRDC had, in a presentation to the CM, had said that it would build the eight-lane bridge at a cost of Rs 7,761 crore on a public-private partnership basis and recover its cost in 50 years.
The MSRDC had also proposed a 15 per cent increase in toll tax every three years.
The MMRDA, on the other hand, has claimed it will build the bridge—with six lanes for vehicles and two for metro—at a cost of Rs 8,311 crore and take only 45 years to recover the cost.
“We are in a better position to build the bridge,” Metropolitan Commissioner, Ratnakar Gaikwad said. “We are a regional development authority and are in a better position to provide holistic development to the region.”