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Rs 250-cr elevated road to connect 2 sea links

Driving from the western suburbs to Navi Mumbai will stop being the nightmare it currently is, if the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s (MMRDA) proposed traffic dispersal system for the Sewri-Nhava sea link gets the go-ahead from the state.

mumbai Updated: May 27, 2011 01:29 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh

Driving from the western suburbs to Navi Mumbai will stop being the nightmare it currently is, if the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority’s (MMRDA) proposed traffic dispersal system for the Sewri-Nhava sea link gets the go-ahead from the state.

It has drawn up a three-way dispersal plan at the Mumbai end of the sea link, which includes connecting the Sewri-Nhava sea link with the Bandra-Worli sea link through a four-kilometre elevated road.

“We are looking at this dispersal system through construction of a complex intersection, which will divert traffic to Worli, south Mumbai and the eastern suburbs,” metropolitan commissioner Rahul Asthana said on Wednesday.

The MMRDA recently got a nod from the state government to build the 22-km sea link, also known as the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL).

It is being built to provide commuters a high-speed gateway from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai without getting caught in traffic on the Sion-Panvel expressway.

The four-km elevated road that will link Sewri to Worli is aimed at providing quick access to the MTHL from the western suburbs. Officials expect the bridge to cost Rs 250 crore.

As per the plan, the elevated road will begin at the intersection being planned in Sewri, go over the monorail line, two existing flyovers and touch down on Dr Annie Besant Road in Worli, near the Bandra-Worli sea link.

This plan, however, is fraught with difficulties as the elevated road will have to be built in one of the busiest parts of Mumbai.

For the eastern suburbs, the MMRDA has proposed to integrate the MTHL with the Rs 531-crore Eastern Express Freeway so that people can drive directly either to south Mumbai or the eastern suburbs. The Freeway is expected to improve connectivity between south Mumbai and the eastern suburbs.

A link has also been proposed to the Sion-Panvel highway, which the government is planning to rebuild into a 16-lane road to benefit motorists heading out of the city.

The MMRDA has already floated tenders seeking consultants to undertake the techno-economic feasibility of the project, and claims it is planning to start work on the project by the end of 2012 and finish one span by 2016.