3 listed & 2 Unlisted get LOA to build Mumbai Coastal Road Ext (bonus: overview)

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The extensive Mumbai Coastal Road, stretching from South Mumbai to the Western Suburbs and up to the northern edge, stands as a strategic solution to the city's traffic challenges.

The Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MCRP) phase 1 was an ambitious start to the project to link Marine Drive to the Bandra Worli Sea Link (BWSL). The foundation stone for this project was laid in December 2018.

Latest Update:

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) during its annual budget for the fiscal year 2024-25 has revealed the letter of award was issued for the Mumbai Coastal Road Project (North), linking Versova in the western suburbs to Dahisar at the northernmost edge of Mumbai.

The 22.93 km six-lane project is the second phase of the Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MRCP) and is also known as Versova-Dahisar Link Road (VDLR). It also includes a 4.46km connector to Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR).
The proposed phase of the Coastal Road project will be through a series of arterial roads, underground tunnels, and flyovers. The underground tunnel will run below Malad and Kandivali through the Mangrove creeks and a tunnel boring machine (TBM) will be used for this phase.

According to the BMC, it had divided the project into six packages — A, B, C, D, E, and F — and invited tenders for all six packages together in August 2023. The Rs 17,181 crore project has an estimated four-year construction deadline.

  • Package A will cover 4.5 km between Versova and Bangur Nagar (Goregaon),
  • Package B will cover 1.66 km between Bangur Nagar and Mindspace (Malad).
  • Packages C and D include a north and south-bound carriageway that will be created between Mindspace and Charkop (Kandivali). Each of these packages would be 3.66 KM each
  • Package E will be 3.78 km and will connect Charkop with Gorai and
  • Package F will be 3.69 km, connecting Gorai with Dahisar.

According to the BMC,

  1. Packages A & F have been awarded to APCO Infratech (unlisted company to the best of our knowledge)
  2. Package B will constructed by JKumar Infra (JKIL) in a joint venture with NCC Limited (NS: NCCL ) (Listed on NSE & BSE)
  3. Packages C and D will be constructed by Megha Engineering Private Limited (unlisted company to the best of our knowledge)
  4. Package E will be constructed by Larsen and Toubro (L&T). (Listed on NSE & BSE)

Once complete, the Versova-Dahisar extension of the coastal road is expected to reduce the travel time by 70 percent and will decongest the SV Road, Link Road, and Western Express Highway, which are currently the only available mode of travel between north and south Mumbai. At present, the first phase of the MCRP, connecting Marine Drive to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL), is close to finishing. According to civic sources, this segment will be partially opened in May 2024 closer to Maharastra Day or later

Past Updates:

Versova - Bandra SeaLink (VBSL) is not a part of phase 2 discussed above because of the following reasons:

  • In 2019, MSRDC signed a contract agreement with Reliance Infrastructure (NS: RLIN ) and its international joint venture partner, the Italian company Astaldi, for the construction of the 17.7-km-long VBSL. However, the project will be carried out by WeBuild, a firm owned by Astaldi and its new joint venture partner APCO. Reliance (NS: RELI ) Infra has given its shares to its partner and is no longer involved in the project.

The Bandra End Connector is an interchange at the intersection between the Versova Bandra Sea Link and the present Bandra Worli Sea Link.

The Bandra End Connector will help in the hassle-free interchangeability of traffic between the Versova Bandra Sea Link and Bandra Worli Sea Link.

Otters Club Connector (Carter Road) 

  • The Otter Club Connector begins as a joint interchange on the main sea link and links to the land side at Carter Road.
  • The road connector has an elevated structure in the sea and this will help for free flow of vehicle movement in all directions.

Juhu Koliwada Connector

  • One of the two in-between connectors between the Bandra and Versova ends of VBSL is the connector that is planned at the Juhu Koliwada location.
  • This connector has a way as an elevated viaduct in the sea, it starts as an interchange on the main sea link and joints on the land way with Juhu Tara road at a T-junction.
  • The interchange of roadways along the main sea link bridge will provide hassle-free vehicle movement in all directions.

Versova End Connectors

  • The planned VBSL will connect with the land of Versova. The connector begins with a junction on the main VBSL sea link and connects at the intersection in the Nana-Nani Park area. 
  • The connector finds its way from the interchange on the sea link as an expanding structure in the sea until it reaches a connecting point at Nana-Nani Park

Important update regarding possible toll charges for VBSL:

The one-way toll is expected to be between Rs 170 and Rs 200. The MSRDC has plans to set up three connectors. The first will connect VBSL to Bandstand, the second will pass over New Link Road and SV Road and touch WEH, and the third is to be from the Nana Nani connector (Seven Bungalows-Versova) to WEH.

Key Milestones and a few takeaways from.all the phases:

The under-construction Mumbai Coastal Road phase 1 could be toll-free. L&T is executing the work for the current phase 1 of the Coastal Road that will connect Marine Drive with Bandra Worli Sea Link (BWSL) and is expected to be completed in 2024 (May)

The country's first-ever twin undersea tunnel is a 2.07-km-long twin tunnel starting in Girgaum and running 7 to 20 meters beneath the Arabian Sea. To enhance connectivity, the BMC has integrated 10 bus bays, three subterranean parking facilities accommodating 1,800 cars, and 16 pedestrian underpasses.

The delay has cost taxpayers time, energy, and money due to traffic jams, and cost overruns.

Disclaimer: The above article is for learning and record-keeping purposes. As a part of the ongoing case studies, conducted by G10 and the following students: Dimple & Deepsy for learning purposes and eventually to conclude the case study in the future as a part of the J2K (Justified to Know) series.

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