The state government said it will start the tendering process for the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link by this year-end.
The 22-km sea link will connect Sewri to Nhava and provide a link to Konkan.
“There may be differences over whether the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority or Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation should build the project, but we will ensure that the tendering process will start by the end of this year,” State Finance Minister Sunil Tatkare said in the state legislative council.
He said traffic had increased on roads leading to Konkan — one lakh vehicles use the Uran-Panvel road per month — and the MTHL would help improve travelling conditions.
The sea link, which is likely to see 50,000 vehicles every day, will ease pressure on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, National Highway 4 and Mumbai-Goa Highway, where traffic is expected to increase after the international airport and SEZ projects are set up.