Maharashtra government has finally seems to have a made up its mind which arm of its will construct the 22.5 kilometer long and Rs. 8,000 crore sea link connecting Sewari in island city of Mumbai and Nava-Sheva across the Thane creek known as Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL). Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday announced in the state legislative council, Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) will be the nodal agency for the project.
The project is important for the city as it will not only reduce the distance between Pune and city by at least forty five minutes but also provide better connectivity to the proposed second airport for city in Navi Mumbai which was cleared by the environment and forest ministry in November last year.
The project has remained on paper due to several reasons since 2004 when first tenders for the project were issued including unrealistic bids by rival Ambani brothers, economic down turn etc. The cost of project meanwhile doubled from Rs. 4,000 crore to Rs. 8,000 crore. The latest behind why project could not take off was more mundane a rivalry between MMRDA and Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) about who shall be the nodal agency for the project. While MMRDA is controlled by urban development ministry which is headed by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan who belongs to Congress, MSRDC is led by Jaidutta Kshirsagar. And both alliance partner have differences over the execution of many development projects.