The final alignment of the multi-modal Virar-Alibaug corridor will be finalised by December, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Develo-pment Authority (MMRDA) announced on Tuesday. Once completed, the corridor will connect Virar to Alibaug, bypassing the existing routes.
The corridor will consist of a Metro rail route along with an 8-lane highway, connecting the two places.
“The alignment will be ready by the end of this year, after which we will be able to begin work on the project. Once the alignment is finalised, we also expect some suggestions and objections coming in. We’ve set a deadline of 2014 for the project,” said a senior MMRDA official.
The alignment of the route is very significant, as it would be passing through satellite towns of Bhiwandi, Kalyan and Dombivli. The MMRDA had, in July this year, appointed the Louis Berger Group as consultants to carry out a feasibility study for the development of the 140-km corridor.
The project, estimated to cost around Rs 10,000 crore, will connect the two locations with a 30-meter wide Metro corridor in the median.
The 8-lane highway will also have a dedicated 4-lane Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) corridor. The MMRDA claims that the route will also have 5-meter wide pedestrian pathways along with dedicated parking lanes for both two-wheelers and four-wheelers.
The authority aims to connect the corridor to four significant national highways – NH-8 (Mumbai-Ahmedabad), NH-3 (Mumbai-Agra-Delhi), NH-4 (Mumbai-Chennai), and NH-17 (Goa-Mangalore-Kerala).