Six consortiums give bids for sea link

March 19th, 2012 - 10:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, March 19 (IANS) Six proposals involving 18 top companies and consortiums have been submitted for India’s second sea link, an official said Monday.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is overseeing the ambitious Rs.8,800 crore (US $1,760 million), had floated a global invitation seeking pre-qualification bids for the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL).

“The MTHL will facilitate smooth and faster communication between Mumbai and mainland at Navi Mumbai. It was envisaged around 30 years ago. We are happy the project will now head to fruition,” MMRDA chief Rahul Asthana said.

It will be second sea link in India after the Rajiv Gandhi Bandra Worli Sea Link. The MTHL will link Sewri in Mumbai with Nhava village in Navi Mumbai.

It will be 22 km long - the country’s longest - with a 16.50 km long bridge across Mumbai harbor and 5.50 km long viaduct approached on the Sewri and mainland sides.

It will provide interchanges at Sewri to connect with the Eastern Freeway and at Chirle to connect with national highway 4B.

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