Work on Mumbai’s Coastal Road set to begin this September
Construction of the ambitious Rs15,000-crore Coastal Road in Mumbai, which will run from Marine Drive to Worli, is expected to start this September.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has already selected contractors to build two portions of the 9.98-km road, which will run along the city’s west coast. Financial bids for the southern-most portion, which also includes a 3.4-km tunnel, will open in the next few days.
Last November, to fast track the approval process from the state and central governments, BMC divided the project into two phases. It then divided the first phase — 9.98km from Princess Street flyover till the south end of the Bandra-Worli sea link — into three packages. Separate bids were invited for each.
“For all the three packages, once the contractor is selected, we have asked them to mobilise resources in the monsoon. Once that is done, we are positive that construction work will start immediately after the monsoon,” said Sanjay Mukherjee, additional municipal commissioner, projects.
On May 15, BMC awarded the contract for the first package — Worli to Haji Ali — to a joint venture of Hindustan Construction Company and Hyundai Development Corporation. On May 21, it selected Larsen & Toubro to construct the stretch from Priyadarshani Park on Nepean Sea Road to Haji Ali.
In September, construction is expected to begin for all three parts simultaneously. As per the terms of the contract, work has to be completed within four years.