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Rs 7,500 crore Bandra-Versova Sea Link plan cleared

Rs 7,500 crore Bandra-Versova Sea Link plan cleared

If all goes according to plan, work on the Bandra-Versova Sea Link (BVSL) is expected to begin by 2018-19. The state government has finally granted administrative approval for the Rs 7,502-crore project eight years after the state cabinet committee on infrastructure cleared the proposal.

On Monday, the state public works department issued a government resolution (GR) flashing the green light to the crucial infrastructure project which will help ease the traffic situation in the western suburbs. The GR, however, did not mention when the work would begin, or the deadline.

Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will be the nodal agency that will float tenders for the proposed BVSL project, which is an extension of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, in the next four months.

The state cabinet committee on infrastructure had cleared the original project in August 2009 and all necessary permissions, including coastal regulation zone and environment clearances, had been procured by the state in January 2013.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has directed MSRDC to execute the project on engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) model. “In an EPC model, all the rights will be given to MSRDC, which will appoint a contractor to only build the sea link. The agency will appoint separate contractors for toll collection and for repair and maintenance,” said a PWD official.

Source – TOI

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