L&T likely to build a portion of Mumbai’s Coastal Road
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has selected the contractor to construct a part of the coastal road – the stretch from Priyadarshani Park at Napeansea road to Haji Ali, on Monday. Larsen and Toubro was the lowest bidder. It will now put the proposal for the civic standing committee’s approval.
However, the bid value (cost) of the package has not yet been disclosed by BMC. The civic body had estimated the construction cost of the 3.7km stretch at ₹2719.75 crore. Sanjay Mukherjee, additional municipal commissioner, in charge of the project said, “In the coming 10-15 days, we will finish all the calculations and then we will be able to disclose the final project cost.
BMC has divided the first phase — the 9.98km south Mumbai stretch (i.e. from Princess Street flyover till the south end of the Bandra Worli sea link) into three parts. Separate bids were invited for each. Of the 9.98-km long road that will be built along the west coast of Mumbai, this is the longest in the three packages from Priyadarshani to Haji Ali.
BMC expects the selected contractor to mobilise resources during monsoon and start construction soon after. As per the contract, the work needs to be completed within four years.
BMC awarded contract for the first package from Worli end to Haji Ali on May 15 to a joint venture of Hindustan Construction Company and Hyundai Development Corporation. Financial bids for the southern most part, which also includes a 3.4-km tunnel, will also be opened within a few days. Construction is expected to begin in September 2018 simultaneously for all the three parts.
Last year in November, to fast track the approval process from the state and Central governments, BMC divided the coastal road in to two phases. Instead of awaiting clearance for the entire 29.2-km long stretch from Princess Street flyover to Kandivli , the civic body sought separate clearances for phase I — Princess Street flyover to Bandra Worli sea link — and phase II — Bandra to Kandivli.
Later in December, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) received a go-ahead from the state government to construct the proposed Versova Bandra Sea link (VBSL), which will continue northwards from the Bandra-end of the 5.6-km Bandra-Worli sea link (BWSL).