Versova-Bandra Sea Link Project

Background

With India aiming to go Global and Mumbai being its financial capital, Mumbai requires a massive transformation in its road infrastructure. Following the suite, many projects were floated in the past. To name a few are:
  • The Mumbai Metro
  • The Western Freeway sea Link (Bandra – Worli – Nariman Point)
  • The Mumbai Trans - Harbour Link
  • Inland Water Transport System along East and West Coast of Mumbai
  • The Mumbai Urban Infrastructure & Urban Transport Projects

While few projects are at the infant stage, others have started giving benefits to the daily commuters.

It is with this Back Ground; MSRDC has initiated the study to develop Skywalk bridges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region and identified 10 locations based on certain in the Phase I of the project. The length and width of the identified Skywalks is tabulated below;

Need of the Study

A need to develop the ring road to cater to the through traffic to Mumbai from north to south and from east to west and vice versa was felt from time to time. The proposed ring would be formed by Eastern Freeway connecting the Western Freeway at Nariman Point through Acharya Donge Marg. As regards to Western Freeway, the Bandra – Worli Stretch is under construction whilst the Worli Nariman Point is at the bidding stage.

In the last few years there has been major growth in the Western suburbs, specially around Andheri, Goregaon, Borivali area and the road traffic has increased tremendously. At present as the Bandra-Worli Sea Link is already in progress and is expected to be completed by 2008 and also Western Freeway has been planned and is being taken up by MSRDC. From the earlier studies it is found that about 50% of the traffic going towards South Mumbai is originating from suburbs beyond Bandra like Andheri, Bandra, Goregaon. With a construction of Versova-Bandra Sea Link, the traffic of northern suburbs need not go on the city roads i.e., S.V. Road, Western Express Highway etc.

In view of the above the need to study the possibility of extending the Western free way up to Versova in the north was felt
 

Pre Feasibility Study

A pre feasibility study is being carried out by M/s CES (I) Pvt. Ltd to establish the need and broadly study the following
  • Broad traffic estimate
  • Conceptual alignment and plan with possible links
  • Broad cost estimates
  • Broad environment and social issues
  • Organisational and legal aspects
  • Financial aspects

Salient Features of Project

  • Distance between Bandra to Versova – 10.1 km. (approximately)
  • Proposed Number of Lanes – 6 lane divided (and 4 lane for the connectors)
  • Cost of the Project – 1900 - 3000 Crores (Depending on the alternatives)

Status of Project

The Pre – Feasibility Study is being carried out by M/s CES (I) Pvt. Ltd and Have Identified following three alternate options.

  • Alignment in the sea
  • Alignment along the coast
  • Alignment partly in the sea and partly on the coast.

The consultants have submitted the draft Final report.

Versova - Bandra    Sea Link (VBSL) in Mumbai