First look: Rs 4,300-crore Versova-Bandra Sea Link
Artists impressions of the Versova-Bandra arm of the Sea Link,which in the future will extend all the way to Nariman Point along Mumbais western coast,shows three entry/exit points on the nine-km stretch,and one spot for a proposed extension in the future.
The plans,accessed by Mumbai Mirror,have already received one set of environmental clearances,and the MSRDC (the nodal agency for the Rs 4,340-crore project) is now preparing the groundwork for the tender process.
The link runs approximately 900 metres off the coast.The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) has cleared the project,and passed it on to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) with a recommendation that it be given a final go-ahead.
A marine geo-technical investigation,to obtain information on the physical properties of rock and soil on the sea-bed,began in October,and the MSRDC hopes to begin construction in January,2014.
A five-year deadline has been set for the project to be completed.
Minutes that commuters will save,according to MSRDC estimates
The number of signals you will skip by using the Versova-Bandra Sea Link
Metres.The average depth of the superstructure
Kilometers.The (approximate) length of the Versova-Bandra Sea Link
Kilometers.The total length of roads that will be built,including the three connecting arms
The year this segment of the Sea Link will be completed,if all goes to plan
The project plan includes a 150-metre cable-stayed bridge (similar to the stretch at the Reclamation end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link) at Juhu beach,to ensure water transport is not affected.
Balance cantilever bridges with 100-metre spans will be built near Chimbai in Bandra,Khardanda and Juhu Koliwada all fishing villages to ensure fishermen can navigate the waters without difficulty.
At Versova,the Sea Link will join inland near Nana Nani Park,from where commuters can go right towards Juhu Circle,or left towards Yari Road.This connector will consist of six lanes (three in each direction).
The Juhu Koliwada connector will cut land on the stretch of beach at one end of Khar Danda,near Juhu Koliwada,and then go further inland before turning left towards Juhu road.This stretch will have four lanes.
The Versova-Bandra Sea Link meets the Bandra-Worli segment at a clover leaf intersection.A few kilometers before this,at the Otters Club end of Carter Road,space has been marked out for another connector,which can be built in the future.