Eastern water taxiway project to be revived
Three years after it failed to draw any bidders for its Water Taxi Project on the eastern coast, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has decided to revive the project from south Mumbai to Nerul.mumbai Updated: Jun 26, 2011 01:41 IST
Three years after it failed to draw any bidders for its Water Taxi Project on the eastern coast, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has decided to revive the project from south Mumbai to Nerul.
The MSRDC is now seeking consultants to help start the water transport project on the Eastern Coast from Ferry Wharf till Nerul and also till Rewas, Mandwa and JNPT. MSRDC is contemplating starting not only a passenger transport system but also a ‘Roll-on-Roll-off’ service through which vehicles too could be moved from one point to the other.
“We are reviving the Eastern Freeway project and are seeking the help of consultants to draft details of the project,” executive engineer Subhash Nage said.
MSRDC has revived the project after much deliberation and delay. Its earlier plan to start the project in 2008 failed after bidding did not evoke any response from private players. This time around, the MSRDC is likely to build the project on its own through funds from the MMRDA.
Interestingly, the MSRDC has still not awarded the project to set up the West Coast transport project despite getting a bid. There are indications that the state government is likely to scrap the bid and ask MSRDC to take up the project on its own.
The MSRDC in June 2010 had received a single bid by Pratibha Industries to build a water transport system from Borivli to Nariman Point. The financial bid for the project was opened in August 2010 in which Pratibha Industries claimed it would recover the cost of the Rs 1,200 crore project within 29 years and then hand it over to the government.
The MSRDC’s board on September 9, 2010 cleared the proposal and sent it to the government for scrutiny. The government has, however, still not decided on awarding the project to Pratibha Industries.
The Opposition had raised questions about the acceptance of a single bid and the capability of the concessionaire to implement the project. There were also issues between the concessionaire and MSRDC over various works including infrastructure development near the jetties and terminals of the project.