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Reliance, state ink pact to build new sea link

mumbai Updated: Jun 29, 2010 02:46 IST
HT Correspondent

Your one-hour harrowing ride through 27 signals from Bandra to Haji Ali will be a smooth 13-minute mid-sea ride but not until June 2014.

A concession agreement was signed between Reliance Sea Link One Ltd and the government for the ride on the Worli-Haji Ali sea-bridge.

"We are hoping to start the project by the end of this year and will complete work on the project in 42 months," Reliance Infrastructure Director Lalit Jalan said.

The 5.5 km bridge is a component of the states ambitious Western Freeway sea-link project to connect Bandra to Nariman Point. The bridge consists of a 3.25 km bridge and 2.25 km connectors including a clover-shaped connector, which will be a loop road passing over the south Mumbai-bound carriageway of the Bandra-Worli sea link and finally connecting at the Worli End.

According to the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the Bandra-Worli sea-link ride will then take seven minutes and the sea-link between Worli and Haji Ali will take another six minutes. Reliance Sea Link One Ltd, a consortium of Reliance Infrastructure-Hyundai, emerged as the preferred bidder for constructing the Worli-Haji Ali sea-link on February 4, 2009.

The Rs 5,100 crore, eight-lane sea-bridge will come up 1.5 km within the sea and once complete in June 2014 will help commuters avoid 27 signals on the stretch.

Once completed, the sea-link will drop travellers from Bandra directly to the entrance of south Mumbai. The completion of this project will also ensure the optimum utilisation of the eight-laned Bandra-Worli sea link.

Reliance will be shelling out Rs 1,634 crore to buy over the Bandra-Worli sea link.