Mumbai: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said his government would issue request for qualification (RFQ) documents for Mumbai’s ambitious coastal road project in seven to 10 days. Work on the project will start this year itself, Fadnavis said, addressing a gathering at the Indian Merchants’ Chamber.
The 35.6-km-long coastal road will connect Mumbai’s southern tip at Nariman Point with the western suburb of Kandivli. In June, the Union government allowed relaxation in the Coastal Regulatory Zone rules to pave the way for reclaiming land from the sea for the Rs.12,000 crore project.
Fadnavis said work on the other big ticket infrastructure project of Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) will start by October. “We will complete the project by 2019,” Fadnavis said. The Rs.17500-crore MTHL project will provide a 22-km-long sea link between Sewri in South-East Mumbai and Nhava Sheva in Navi Mumbai.
The chief minister also reiterated his commitment that the first flight from the Navi Mumbai International Airport will take off in 2019. Work on the airport project will start by October-November, he said. “I have all the clearances necessary for these big infrastructure projects. In the next two years, we will add metro coverage of 108 km as against only one metro line provided in the last eight years,” he said.
On the two elevated corridors for the suburban train commuters, Fadnavis said a detailed project report (DPR) will be ready by August this year and tendering will be started. By 2019, the Maharashtra government will also complete the 800-km-long Mumbai-Nagpur “communication expressway” to provide faster connectivity to 20 districts in the state with the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai.