After sitting on it for several months, the government is now planning to push forth the second part of the Bandra-Haji Ali Sealink.
The first of part of the link between Bandra and Worli was inaugurated in June last year. The link will now be extended from Worli to Haji Ali. Another project that the state wants to start soon is the elevated road off the existing Peddar Road.
“Both proposals are in process at Mantralaya and I’m planning to take them before the [cabinet] committee of infrastructure soon,” said Jaidutta Kshiragar, minister of public works (government undertaking) and chairman of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the nodal agency for the project.
The base cost of the Worli to Haji Ali bridge is Rs 1,120 crore. The bidder will also have to buy the 5-6 km Bandra Worli sea link from MSRDC for Rs 1,640 crore. The total construction and maintenance cost of the entire bridge is pegged at Rs 4,500 crore.
A Reliance Infrastructure-Hyundai consortium had emerged as the preferred bidder for constructing the Worli-Haji Ali sea link in February 2009. It had sought Rs 1,392 crore as viability gap funding from the government.
The government had decided to get the bids evaluated to check if they were financially viable. The government had announced in February that a decision on the project would be taken in 15 days.
The 4.7-km elevated road, meanwhile, is required off the narrow Peddar Road because it would help disperse traffic coming from the north and from the new sea link. Without either this road or the second sea link between Haji Ali and Nariman Point, there will be severe traffic snarls as Peddar Road is very narrow.
The MSRDC had proposed the flyover in 2000, but the plan was refused clearance as the elevated road jutted 7 m into Girgaum Chowpatty.