In an attempt to improve traffic dispersal between the Bandra-Worli sea link and the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to expedite work on an elevated road between the two.
In an ambitious plan aimed at improving connectivity in the city, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority plans to connect the sea link with the MTHL through a 4km elevated road. "We have recently floated tenders looking out for consultants to help us update the detailed project report (DPR) and manage the bid process for the east-west connector from Sewri to Worli," metropolitan commissioner Rahul Asthana said.
Asthana claimed that the consultant will help in evaluating whether the elevated road is feasible and will also suggest if certain parts of the road need to be built as an underpass.
Once the 22-km MTHL is completed, this road will provide commuters a high-speed gateway from south Mumbai to the western suburbs.
The road will begin at the interchange that MMRDA is planning at Sewri. The elevated structure will then traverse through Haffkine Institute, Wadia Hospital and then ply over the existing flyovers at Dr Ambedkar Road and Senapati Bapat Marg. It will then move over Century Bazaar and end at Annie Besant Road near the sea link.
The plan, however, is fraught with difficulties because the road will have to be built in one of the busiest parts the city. Moreover, the elevated road at certain areas will be 20m high, which is equal to a five-storey building.