A file photo of Bandra-Worli sea link when it was under construction. When completed, the 17.7 km-long Bandra-Versova sea link will be three times the length of the Bandra-Worli sea link and will cut travel time from over 90 minutes to 10 minutes.(Photographer: Adeel Halim/Bloomberg News)

Reliance Infra Gets Permission To Start Work On Bandra-Versova Sea Link

A consortium of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. and Italy’s Astaldi S.p.A. has finally received permission to start work on the Bandra-Versova sea link in Mumbai—the second leg of a 20-kilometre coastal road from Malabar Hill in south to Versova in the north.

Reliance Infrastructure is fully geared to deliver the project in 60 months from the appointed date of June 24, according to its exchange filing. The appointed date is a technical term for the day when a contract letter is handed over to a developer to start work.

The consortium had won the Rs 7,000-crore contract from Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation in May 2018. The work was slated to begin in October last year but didn’t. The appointed date contract means it now has all the permissions to start work.

The Bandra-Versova sea link will cut travel time from more than 90 minutes to 10 minutes, Reliance Infrastructure said. The company has already completed soil investigation and is now awaiting MSRDC to finalise the location of the casting yard—a place where concrete components are cured before shifting to the working site.

The sea link comprises the northern part of the Mumbai coastal road from Bandra to Versova. It’s southern stretch has been facing criticism, with at least five petitions challenging the project citing loss of livelihood and damage to the marine life.

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