The 22km-long Mumbai Trans Harbour Sea Link, to be constructed across the Arabian Sea, is scheduled to be partially ready by the end of 2016.
AS per the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s (MMRDA) plan, by the end of 2016, three lanes will be operational and by the end of 2018, the entire six-lane bridge, along with the Metro, would be ready for public use.
“We will float bids for the project by November year and award the contract by February or March 2012,” said Rahul Asthana, metropolitan commissioner.
Once completed, the six-lane bridge will provide a new route to Navi Mumbai and will also help in improving connectivity to Pune. The sea link was expected to terminate at Shirle near Panvel. However, the MMRDA is now looking at linking it to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway by creating a green field road till Khopoli.
The cost of the project, as estimated in 2008, was Rs9,279 crore and is estimated to increase.
A feud between the MMRDA and the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation on who would be allowed to build the sea link was resolved when chief minister Prithviraj Chavan announced that the MMRDA will take up the project in the Legislative Council on Thursday.