Virar-Alibaug multi-modal corridor inches forward, tenders to be issued by June
The Maharashtra government’s ambitious Virar-Alibaug multi-modal corridor is likely to take off soon.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) will issue tenders for phase 1 of the project in June, senior officials confirmed.
The ambitious corridor, which is set to halve the time of travel between Virar and Alibaug, has been divided into two phases. While phase 1 will see construction of a 98.5-km highway between Navghar and Balavali, phase 2 will be a 29.9-km link from Balavali to Alibaug. The first phase is expected to be completed by March 2022, while the entire corridor is expected to be functional by the end of 2022.
Sanjay Khandare, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA said, “A detailed project report for the corridor will be completed by March. Once it is finalised, we will be ready to bid. By the time the bidding process is completed, which will take three-four months, we hope to acquire the land required for the project.”
The MMRDA is also expecting the environmental, forest and wildlife clearances by March. The total land required for the project is 583 hectares, of which 180 hectares is forest land. The agency got the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearance for the project in the end of 2016.
The corridor will be 99-m wide with a 30-m Metro line running on the median. The eight-lane highway has been designed to promote new growth centres in the city’s hinterland and also decongest the metropolis.
Khandare said the process of land acquisition has been initiated. “We have requested collectors to begin the process. Notices are being issued to land owners,” he said.
The MMRDA will adopt land-pooling method for the project, which is being used for the 710-km Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expresssway. In land pooling, small chunks of land owned by private owners are clubbed together for a public project in exchange for a share in the developed land. It turns landowners into stakeholders in a project.