MMRDA undertakes site recce for trans harbour link
With an aim to partially open up the sea link by 2016, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials have begun visiting sites on the stretch between Sewri to Nhava Sheva, along which the sea link will be built.mumbai Updated: May 23, 2011 02:01 IST
Plans to construct the much-delayed Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) seem to be on the fast track.
With an aim to partially open up the sea link by 2016, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials have begun visiting sites on the stretch between Sewri to Nhava Sheva, along which the sea link will be built.
A team, headed by metropolitan commissioner Rahul Asthana, on Thursday undertook the visit along with officials from the MMRDA, City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd, Mumbai Port Trust (MPT) and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
The prime objective of the visit was to ascertain issues related to the execution of the project.
The 22-km MTHL is India's longest sea link to date. It is a six-lane, two-carriageway bridge with a Metro line.
According to the plan, 16.5km of the MTHL will pass through the sea and 5.5km will be built on land.
It will connect the eastern side of Sewri railway station to the Nhava Sheva. It will reduce travelling time from two hours to 30 minutes.
The MMRDA also plans to link the bridge to a 28km green field road, which will go up to Chirle near the Mumbai Pune Expressway.
During their visit, officials also looked at land in Sewri owned by the MPT, to be used as a casting yard for the sea link. This yard will be used to make concrete piles and beams for the sea link.
"The land will be required mainly for a casting yard at the Sewri end of the sea-link," said Asthana.
The MMRDA has been scouting for firms to undertake a techno-economic feasibility study of the project. Officials said around 40 global firms have shown interest in conducting the study.
The MMRDA wants to open three lanes on the sea link by 2016. They aim to open the remaining three lanes and the Metro line by 2018.
The development body is looking to float tenders for the project by November this year.
The tenders will be awarded by February or March 2012. Officials said that since the financial closure of the project is expected to take time, work on the project is likely to begin by the end of 2012.