The seven-km long Worli-Haji Ali sea link will have to undergo a few changes if it is to get environmental clearance.
The Centre’s Experts Appraisal Committee (EAC) on Thursday suggested a few changes in the project plan. It also refused permission to construct car-decks (or mini bridges) for dispersal of traffic at the Worli-end of the Bandra-Worli sea link.
The committee has asked the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to shift the connectors (the part of the sea link that connects to land) on the Haji Ali-end.
“The committee has asked us to end the connectors at Rajni Patel Chowk, which is barely a kilometre away from Haji Ali junction,” said a senior government official. “Also, the bridge should maintain a distance of around 250m from the Haji Ali dargah.”
Officials from the MSRDC and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority had made presentations to the EAC on the Worli-Haji sea link, car decks at Bandra-Worli sea link, Peddar Road flyover, and the monorail.
Officials said the committee asked the MSRDC to conduct a public hearing to discuss the Peddar Road flyover.
In June 2010, the Worli- Haji Ali sea link was awarded to the consortium of Reliance Sea Link One Private Ltd (RSLOPL) and Hyundai Engineering and Construction Pvt Ltd. The company proposed to complete work within 42 months, starting from December 2010.
The project promises to cut down travel time from Bandra to Haji Ali from 60 minutes to 13 minutes.
The proposed bridge will bypass 27 traffic signals.
Currently, over 48,000 vehicles use the Bandra-Worli sea link every day and experts feel that the figure will increase to 1.20 lakh per day after the Haji Ali part is commissioned.