After being kept in abeyance for close to four years, the city’s costliest sea link got some impetus with six consortiums including international bigwigs lining up to help execute the Rs 8,800 crore project.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) received the bids for the pre-qualification stage of the tendering process on Monday. The bids will be evaluated on the parameters set by MMRDA, and those who meet the standards will be allowed to bid for the tender.
The six consortiums are made up of 18 companies. They are — CINTRA-SOMA-SREI consortium, Gammon Infrastructure Projects Ltd-OHL Concessions-GS Engineering consortium, GMR Infrastructure Ltd-L&T Ltd-Samsung C&T Corporation consortium, IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited-Unity Infrastructure Ltd-Navayuga Engineering Co Ltd-Rizzani DE Eccher spA, IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd-Hyundai consortium, and Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd-Autostrade Indian Infrastructure Development Pvt Ltd-Vinci Concessions Development V Pte Ltd consortium.
The bidders include some of the biggest names in international infrastructure companies, including the worlds largest infrastructure firm Vinci and the Spanish company CINTRA.
MMRDA will now evaluate their bids in 30 days. It is likely to call the final bids after that. “We are hopeful of awarding the tender by November, so that work on the project can start next year,” metropolitan commissioner Rahul Asthana said.
The Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link will connect Sewri in the island city to Nhava in Navi Mumbai. The link is 22km long with a 16.5-km-long bridge across Mumbai harbour and 5.5-km-long viaduct approaches on the Sewri and Nhava sides.
MTHL had been in cold storage since June 2008 when Reliance Infrastructure, the agency selected to build the bridge decided to back out after delays by the state government in clearing its proposal.
For three years, the project had been a contentious issue in the government, which was not able to decide on which state agency should oversee the project. Finally, in April last year, the chief minister had decided that the project will be implemented by MMRDA.