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Work on Mumbai coastal road project set to begin by October

The civic body has finalised contractors to build all three portions of the 9.98-km first phase of the road that will run along the west coast of the city.

mumbai Updated: Aug 19, 2018 00:55 IST
Sanjana Bhalerao
Sanjana Bhalerao
Hindustan Times
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The coastal road is going to be a mix of many features, such as, tunnels, bridges, interchanges, elevated stretches and roads on reclaimed land, along with pedestrian underpasses and foot overbridges.(HT File)

The ambitious 29.2-km coastal road project — connecting Marine drive to Kandivli— is now a step closer to reality. The civic body has finalised contractors to build all three portions of the 9.98-km first phase of the road that will run along the west coast of the city.

“Contractors for all the three portions of the first phase of the coastal road have been selected. Now, we will seek final approval from the statutory standing committee. The aim is to begin construction work after the monsoon,” said Sanjay Mukherjee additional municipal commissioner.

BMC has divided the 9.98-km south Mumbai phase, from Princess Street flyover to the south-end of the Bandra Worli sea link, into three parts.

The civic body invited separate bids for each of these three parts of the 9.98-km stretch.

The civic body awarded the contract for the first phase of the south Mumbai stretch, from the Worli-end to Haji Ali, to a joint venture of Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) and Hyundai Development Corporation, on May 15.

Later, Larsen and Toubro (L&T) was selected to construct the stretch from Priyadarshani Park at Napeansea Road to Haji Ali.

The financial bid for the southernmost part which also includes 3.4-km tunnel was recently selected. However, BMC declined to reveal the name of the contractor selected.

With contractors for all the three packages selected, the BMC will table the proposal at the standing committee meeting for the final approval within a fortnight.

Following the approval, the civic body hopes the selected contractors will mobilise resources during monsoon and start construction work by October. As per the contract conditions, the work needs to be completed within four years.

In November 2017, in order to fast-track the approval process from the state and the Centre, BMC divided the whole coastal road project into two phases.

Instead of awaiting clearance for the entire 29.2-km Princess Street flyover to Kandivli stretch, BMC sought separate clearances for phase 1 — Princess Street flyover to Bandra Worli sea link — and phase 2 — Bandra to Kandivli.

In December 2017, 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 north-wards, from the Bandra-end of the 5.6-km Bandra-Worli sea link (BWSL).

The coastal road is going to be a mix of many features, such as, tunnels, bridges, interchanges, elevated stretches and roads on reclaimed land, along with pedestrian underpasses and foot overbridges.

First Published: Aug 19, 2018 00:55 IST