The Maharashtra government issued a Government Resolution (GR) which grants administrative approval to the much talked about Versova- Bandra sea-link (VBSL). The GR comes eight years after the State Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure had cleared the construction of the sea link.
The new sea-link is meant to ease the traffic in Bandra which has seen an increase following the construction of the Worli-Bandra sea-link. The Versova-Bandra sea-link will assist in directing traffic away from South Mumbai at a faster pace and decrease the traffic in Bandra.
According to India Today, the government has also increased the project’s cost from Rs 5,975 crore to Rs 7,502 crore while granting the administrative approval. It has also increased the length to 17.17 km which includes the sea bridge and all its connectors. The design plan indicates that the bridge will be at a height of 900 meters from the coastline.
The VBSL will have connectors at Bandra, Otters Club, Juhu Link Road and Versova Link Road. There will also be toll booths at Bandra, Carter Road, Juhu-Koliwada and at Nana-Nani Park. The main four by four-lane bridge of the VBSL will be 9.60 kms while the cable stayed portion of the bridge will be 0.30 kms long. The Balance Cantilever Bridge will be 0.10 km long.
The GR also goes on to add that the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will be selecting two separate contractors for the repairs and maintenance of the VBSL.
The Versova-Bandra sea-link was originally cleared on August 2009 by the State Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure. According to a report on NDTV, it took another four years for the government to get the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and environment clearance from the Centre which were given in January 2013.