Mumbai to get its second Sea Link to connect Versova-Bandra

The Maharashtra government on monday granted administrative approval to build Mumbai's second sea link, the Bandra-Versova Sea Link. The state cabinet on infrastructure had cleared the project way back in 2009 and all the necessary permissions including CRZ and environment clearances had been procured by the state in 2013.

If all goes according to plan, work on the project will begin by 2018. The estimated cost of the project is said to be Rs 7,052 crores. The Versova-Bandra sea link will be an extension of the currently operational Bandra-Worli sea link and its estimated length would be 17.7 km. It will have connectors at Bandra, Otters Club, Juhu link road and Versova link road.

The government has also approved the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation to set up Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to raise loan. The project is aimed at easing the traffic situation in western suburbs. The Bandra-Worli Sea link reduces the travel time between Bandra and Worli during the peak hours from 60-90 minutes to 20-30 minutes

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