The long awaited dream of zipping from Versova to Bandra on a sea link could soon come true.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) plans to float bids for the project and has appointed a German consultancy firm, Parsons Brinckerhoff Consulting, to carry out a detailed feasibility study of the project.
“We are looking at floating bids for the project by June. We have appointed Parsons Brinckerhoff Consulting to carry out a geo technical study,” a senior MSRDC official said.
The Versova-Bandra sea link is part of the Western freeway sea link, which will provide connectivity with the help of other sea links and coastal roads from Versova to Nariman Point.
The proposed 10.1-km stretch will cost close to Rs 3,000 crore.
The state had commissioned a pre-feasibility study to CES Private Ltd, which identified three alternate routes. The first envisages a coastal road similar to Marine Drive, the second is a part-coastal road and part -sea link and the third is a complete sea link.
Parsons Brinckerhoff Consulting will carry out a detailed evaluation to determine if the land along this stretch is conducive to the construction of such huge structures.
“We expect the study to be complete in six months, so that we can get regulatory clearances and float bids,” official said.
A study by MSRDC said 50 per cent of the traffic towards south Mumbai originated from the suburbs beyond Bandra. MSRDC feels with the construction of the Versova-Bandra sea link, the suburban traffic need not go on the city roads like SV Road and the Western Express Highway.