Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation
Pushing the state’s road transport infrastructure to newer heights, the state-run Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) in an attempt to fast track the mega project has invited request for qualification (RFQ) for the Versova-Bandra Sea Link (VBSL) project involving a staggering investment worth Rs. 5,975 crore. The 9.9 km project would be developed through public private partnership on a design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis. The VBSL project would be built 900 metres into the sea and would be a northward extension of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and mark the last leg of the link which starting from Nariman Point in south Mumbai. The project is expected to be completed in four years as all the mandatory clearances including environment clearance are in the MSRDC’s possession, MSRDC chairman and public works minister Jaidutt Kshirsagar, said in a media statement.

Dwelling in detail, he clarified that state cabinet sub-committee on infrastructure headed by Chief Minister had already given its consent and the bidders would have to submit an RFQ by May 30. It may be recalled that the project in question is one of the crucial infrastructure projects proposed by the current government, with a total investment of Rs 66,000 crore in Mumbai and adjoining areas. Prior to this, recently the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority) commissioned the first phase of monorail services between Wadala and Chembur and after that, the City and Industrial Development Corporation floated an RFQ for the much-delayed Navi Mumbai International Airport and that MMRDA threw open the Sahar Elevated Road, connecting the Western Expressway to Terminal 2 of the airport. The government hopes the 12 km Mumbai Metro Phase I Versova-Andheri-Gahtkopar corridor will be operational very shortly and furthermore, the 6.54 km Santacruz-Chembur Link Road project, which has already missed 11 deadlines since its inception in 2003 and now it would be opened for vehicular traffic very shortly.