InfrastructureMMRDA gets Nhava-Sewri linkBy our Editorial Bureau April 08, 2011 The governments ambitious plan for building a sea link to connect Mumbaiwith the mainland got a push on Thursday. After procrastinating for three years, the state government has decided toask the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to build the 22-km Mumbai Trans HarbourLink (MTHL), which will link the city to Raigad district. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan made the announcement in theLegislative Council on Thursday.Replying to a debate on the city’s infrastructure, Chavan said the MMRDA would now focus exclusively oninfrastructure projects. “The MMRDA will implement the much-delayed MTHL project which connects Nhava Sheva toSewri. It will also appoint engineering and financial consultants to assist it,” said Chavan.If everything goes as planned, work on the project will start by the end of 2012 and is likely to be completed in sixyears with a partial opening in four years.Interestingly, Chavan himself heads the MMRDA, which has been competing with the Maharashtra State RoadDevelopment Corporation (MSRDC) to build the 22.5km sea bridge. However, Chavan’s coalition partner, theNationalist Congress Party that runs the MSRDC, have been vocal against the MMRDA.In 2008, when the tender was first floated, there were two parties and the financial gap was huge and in 2009 thetender did not get response due to global recession, Chavan said while explaining the delay.Also, the feud between the government agencies added to the delay. In April 2010, the then chief minister AshokChavan had asked urban development secretary TC Benjamin to prepare a report on which agency should be giventhe project.Meanwhile, the MMRDA said that it will appoint a consultant to finalise a detailed project report. The developmentauthority is looking at building the project on public-private partnership model.“We will float bids for the project by November and hopefully award the contract by March 2012,” metropolitancommissioner Rahul Asthana saidTatas, GMR-L&T, 4 others in race for Trans-harbourlink project Story Comments (1)
Read more on »Tatas|MMRDA|GMR3inShareMUMBAI: The much-delayed Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link moved a bit closer to reality today with theMumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) saying that it has received sixpre-qualification bids, involving 18 companies, for the Rs 8,800-crore ambitious bridge.The 18 companies that submitted six proposals, include the consortia led by Tata Realty &Infrastructure-Autostrade Indian Infrastructure Development-Vinci ConcessionsDevelopment; GMRInfrastructure-L&T-Samsung C&T Corp; Gammon Infrastructure Projects-OHLConcessions-GS Engineering; IL&FS Transportation Networks-Unity Infrastructure-NavayugaEngineering Co-Rizzani DE Eccher spA; IRB Infrastructure Developers-Hyundai; and a consortium, led byCintra-Soma-Srie.
This development comes after 30 years since the project was first mooted."We are really happy that the project will now head to fruition," MMRDA metropolitan commissioner RahulAsthana said, adding the link will help the development of Navi Mumbai, Raigad district and the areasaround.The Rs 8,800-crore Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link connects Sewri in the north-eastern part of the island cityto Nhava in Navi Mumbai across the eastern bay.The 22-km-long link will have a 16.5-km bridge across Harbor and a 5.5-km long viaduct approaches onthe Sewri and Nhava sides.Interchanges are proposed at Sewri to connect to the Eastern Freeway and at Chirle, to connect to theNH 4B, the MMRDA said, adding that once completed, the project will be the longest sea bridge in thecountry.The project will be implemented on a public-private partnership model, based on design, build, finance,operate and transfer basis. The Centre has agreed to offer 20 per cent of the project cost through aviability gap funding.Welfare of flamingos will costMMRDA Rs 300 crore moreBy: Ranjeet Jadhav Date: 2012-03-21 Place: MumbaiAds by Google"Top Gold Stock for 2012"Most Undervalued Gold Mining Stock. 137% Gain in 2012? Get New Rpt Herewww.Sovereign-Investor.comMMRDA will use the additional money to design
a new alignment for the proposed MTHL sea link bridge, in order to protectthe flamingos that visit the Sewri mudflatsSoon after Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) received pre-qualification bids from sixcompanies for the long-pending Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) project, they will now spend money toprotect the habitat of flamingos at Sewri mudflats.According to the earlier plan, the starting point of the bridge, Sewri, was envisaged at the ground level, but inorder to protect the flamingos, MMRDA will now construct the bridge on piers, which is the new design."As we will be constructing piers at the mudflats, the cost of the MTHL will go up by Rs 200-300 crore," saidMMRDA Chief Engineer Sharad Sabnis.For the flamingos: The design for the Rs 8,800-cr Mumbai TransHarbour Link that connects Sewri in the island city to Nhava in NaviMumbai will be built on piers to protect the flamingos that descend onthe marshy mudflats in Sewri. file picsThe decision is crucial, as well-known environmental conservation body Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) isup in arms against the design of the sea link. They claim that the current design will destroy the haunt of thewading birds. Taking cognizance of their concerns, and the public popularity of the flamingos, Rahul Asthana,MMRDA commissioner, said "We have being saying from the beginning that we will take all precautionarymeasures to protect the migratory birds. The bridge will be planned in such a manner that it will not disturb theflamingos."When informed about the environmentalists concerns, who may approach the courts over the issue ofmangroves, which may hamper the construction, an MMRDA official said, " I dont think that anyone will approachthe courts as we are willing to do the best to solve the issue of flamingos, so there wont be a delay in the MTHL
project.""There will be some impact on the flamingos when the construction is ongoing, but once the work is completedthere wont be any problems for the birds," said the official. However, environmentalists are of the opinion thatthe new design too is likely to have an adverse impact on the ecology, especially the migratory birds.Environmentalist Anand Pendharkar, director of NGO Sprouts, said, "The construction of the MTHL sea link willadversely impact the population of the flamingos globally. When the actual construction starts, they will have torelocate to a new place. Already their habitat in Uran and Vasai has been destroyed, and so the flamingos willdisperse to another location."Trans-harbour link: Maharashtra govt ready to coverrevenue gapPublished: Sunday, Aug 28, 2011, 16:20 ISTPlace: Mumbai | Agency: PTIIn an attempt to attract more bidders for the ambitious Rs10,000-crore Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) projectconnecting Sewri in the northeastern part of the island city with Nhava Sheva (JNPT Port area), the state government hasproposed to cover the revenue risk of the build-operate-transfer (BOT) operator."We cannot take construction risk but we can definitely cover the revenue risk of the BOT operator. We plan to offer long, softloan to the BOT operator and also compensate the second and third lowest bidders (L2 and L3 bidders) for the cost ofbidding," MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority) Commissioner Rahul Asthana has said.The government started the bidding process in 2004, but it has been unable to make any progress so far."This move will encourage more developers, including from overseas, to bid for the ambitious project. We believe that by thethird quarter of 2012 we will be able to award the contract," Asthana said.MMRDA, the nodal government agency for infrastructure development in the city, is also ready to compensate the BOToperator in the case of low toll collection against the projections, he said. "However, in the case of higher toll collection, theBOT operator needs to share benefits with MMRDA," he said.MSRDC -- state road development body -- which was earlier handling the project, made several attempts to invite bids in 2004on BOT basis, and in 2008 on a design-build-contract basis.In June 2008, separate bids by the Ambani brothers had been found unrealistic. Reliance Industries had bid for a 75 yearconcession period, while the ADA Group quoted only a 10-year concession period. A cabinet sub-committee on infrastructurehad then recommended scrapping of the public-private-partnership model and executing the project on a cash contract basis.As many as 13 companies showed interest, but did not submit bids.In 2009, government decided to implement the project on a PPP model under viability gap funding scheme of Centre for whichan in-principle approval from the Cente was received in April 2009. State administration recently handed over the mandate ofthe project to MMRDA.The MTHL, which will connect Sewri to Nhava Sheva in Raigad district across the creek, is aimed at developing the mainlandand reducing the pressure on Mumbai.The project consists of construction of a six-lane road-cum metro bridge. It will be then extended to the upcoming NaviMumbai airport, near the JNPT port near Panvel.
MTHL to be instrumental in horizontal expansion of MumbaiMonday, August 08, 2011Mumbai Trans-harbour link (MTHL), the 22-km creek bridge - from the sea front at Sewri to Chirle,connecting NH-4B - is certain to provide much easier connectivity to the city of Mumbai and alsoexpected to offer economical growth to the whole of Raigad District and its surrounding areas.The talk-of-the-town project had recently received overwhelming response for its techno-economicfeasibility study and the consortium of M/s Arup, Consulting Engineers and M/s KPMG has beenappointed as its offer was found to be lowest amongst the three agencies found eligible."Now that the consultants have been appointed we expect them to complete the techno-economicstudy by October next year. While most of the work has already been done, we expect theconsultants to secure renewal of a few permissions and highlight other ground realities to pave wayfor the actual construction of the project as per the schedule", said Rahul Asthana, MetropolitanCommissioner, MMRDA.The city, with its present population of over 12 million, generates about 14 million trips a day, withabout 88 per cent of the, trips catered to by the suburban railway and the public transport busservices provided by Bombay Electricity Supply & Transport (BEST).The existing Suburban Rail Service carries about 6 million passengers every day, while the publicbus transport system carries about 4.5 million passengers every day. The linear geography ofMumbai has also acted as a constraint in the horizontal expansion of the city resulting in furthercongestion during the peak hours. MTHL is expected to be instrumental in horizontal expansion ofthe city bursting in seams.Project conceptionThe alignment of the bridge was initially proposed by M/s Peter Frankel & Partners, UK in 1982 afterstudying various alignment options including tunnels.The alignment was shifted southwards in order to comply with BARCs requirement by the ExpertCommittee appointed by Government of Maharashtra in 1984. This alignment was further modifiedby CES to save mangroves on either side of the link, large skew crossings of submarine pipelinesand to satisfy the development plan finalized by the City and Industrial Development CorporationLimited (CIDCO).Project details
The Project consists of construction of a 8-lane bridge across the deep sea through the MumbaiHarbour and connects to local road networks through approaches / interchanges at both ends. Theinterchange on Sewri side is proposed to be taken up separately and is not covered in this contractwhile a trumpet interchange is proposed on mainland for dispersal of traffic to National Highway 4B.The total length of the link will be 22 km.Project benefitsNavi Mumbai is also well connected through rail and road links with Pune, Nasik and Thane,indicating the potential for the region to develop into a satellite city to Mumbai in a fashion similar tothe emergence of Gurgaon and Noida as satellites to New Delhi. CIDCO has prepared a master planfor the development of Navi Mumbai. Current development covers only the northern half of NaviMumbai. The southern half is still untapped, principally because of the lack of easy access toMumbai city. The southern half of Navi Mumbai with over 2,500 hectares of land available forhousing presents an opportunity to decongest Mumbai. In this context, the proposed Mumbai TransHarbour Link (MTHL) connecting Sewri to Nhava Sheva is expected to be a catalyst of developmentof the city by promoting horizontal growth as against the vertical growth experienced over the pastfew years.Project costThe estimated base construction cost of the project based on experiences of similar bridges in Indiais approximately Rs. 40,000 million. This includes the cost of approaches, the bridge across the sea,bridge furniture, ancillary structures, traffic surveillance, illumination and environmental mitigationmeasures, toll plaza, parking, etc. It also covers charges on account of design, supervision, andadministration by MSRDC.30-year evil spell on trans-harbour link endsPublished: Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012, 8:00 ISTBy DNA Correspondent | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNAThe long-pending Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) project moved a little closer to reality with theMumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) saying that it has received sixpre-qualification bids, involving 18 companies, for it.Earlier, attempts to start the Rs8,800 crore project involving the construction of India’s longest seabridge connecting the Island City with Navi Mumbai and Raigad have failed twice.
This development comes after 30 years since the project was first mooted.The project was later handed over to the MMRDA from the Maharashtra State Road DevelopmentCorporation Limited (MSRDC).MMRDA commissioner Rahul Asthana said considering their past experience, they had tried to makethe bidders comfortable about “reduction of risk” in terms of revenue and construction to get good bidsfor the MTHL.“This is a giant step forward in terms of building the project, which has been hanging for decades,” saidAsthana. The construction, which would take around five years, would start next year, he said.The MMRDA is also planning to award the construction contract by November.The project will get40% viability gap funding (VGF) of which half will be given by the MMRDA and the rest by theCentre.The MMRDA is also planning to give the concessioner a soft loan to the tune of 20% of the projectcost. The project also has a real estate component.The six-lane MTHL will have a 16.5km section in the sea and a 5.5 kilometre portion on land. It willconnect Sewri in Central Mumbai to Chirle in Navi Mumbai.It will provide better linkages to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport, Pune, Goa, thegrowth centers in Raigad district, Konkan coastline and southern states.It will also help movement of cargo from Mumbai Harbour and JNPT. The project, which will beexecuted through public private partnership (PPP), will have a concession period of 45 years, includingthe construction period, in which the company will collect toll.The MTHL has claimed that the regional development project will seek to develop Navi Mumbai andthe mainland as a counter magnet to decongest Mumbai.The 18 companies that submitted six proposals, include the consortia led by Tata Realty &Infrastructure-Autostrade Indian Infrastructure Development-Vinci Concessions Development; GMRInfrastructure-L&T-Samsung C&T Corp; Gammon Infrastructure Projects-OHL Concessions-GSEngineering; IL&FS Transportation Networks-Unity Infrastructure-Navayuga Engineering Co-RizzaniDE Eccher spA; IRB Infrastructure Developers-Hyundai; and a consortium, led by Cintra-Soma-Srie.Tatas, GMR-L&T in race for sea-link planThe Maharashtra government’s infrastructure arm Mumbai Metropolitan RegionalDevelopment Authority (MMRDA) is the nodal agency for the projectLeslie D’monteMumbai: Six consortiums have pre-qualified for Maharashtra government’s ambitious Mumbai TransHarbour Link (MTHL) connecting Sewri in the island city of Mumbai and Nava-Sheva across the Thane creek. The length of proposed sea link is 22 kilometers and estimated to cost around Rs. 8,800 crore. The six consortiums are led by Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd., GMR Infrastructure Ltd., Spanish company Cintra S.A., IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd. and IL&FS Transportation Network Ltd.
The Maharashtra government’s infrastructure arm Mumbai Metropolitan Regional DevelopmentAuthority (MMRDA), also the nodal agency for the project, aims to complete the tendering process bythe end of this year and start the work on project early 2013. It is expected that it will take five yearsto complete the work after which, it will reduce the travel time between Mumbai and Pune by at leastone hour.Sewri-Nhava Sheva sea link buoys real estate prices inThird MumbaiGouri Shah, TNN Dec 20, 2004, 11.55pm ISTThe garish two-storey bungalows lining the sleepy roads of Uran Village are one indicator that the entry ofan ONGC plant and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) have brought ample opportunities for thesmall fishing village in Raigad.Things can only get better for the locals, as the clearance of the Rs 4,000-crore Sewri-Nhava Shevaproject, a 22-km sea link connecting its neighbouring area to the mainland, has finally come through. Theproject will reduce the current road travel time of two hours from the mainland to as little as 30 minutes.Ads by Google Godrej Alpine @ MangaloreWith Lush Green Gardens, Service Apartments ForGuest & More @ 45L!GodrejAlpine.net Luxury Apartments ThaneLavish Balinese Lifestyle at Rumah Bali luxuryapartments in Thanewww.puranikbuilders.comWhile a sharp rise in real estate prices is expected in the future, land developers are witnessing a peculiarphenomenon. The entire Panvel, Nhava Sheva, Uran belt, up to Alibaug has already started recording a15-20% hike in real estate prices, and some areas such as Ulwe and Dronagiri near the JNPT, have seena 100% jump in prices over the past year.While some of this activity could be attributed to the need for affordable space near Mumbai city, realestate developers say that news of the proposed sea link is a major factor in spurring investment in thearea."The proposal for the sea link has created great buying interest in the Panvel, Nhava-Sheva, Uran belt upto Alibaug, which is now being touted as the Third Mumbai," says Navi Mumbai-based developer SatishHawre, CMD of Hawre Engineers & Builders.In his opinion, this is largely because areas such as Vashi in Navi Mumbai, have already startedcommanding anywhere between Rs 10,000-30,000 per sq mt.
Revival of Mumbai Trans-Harbour LinkAUGUST 30, 2010 tags: infrastructure, MMRDA, MTHL, Mumbai Trans Harbour Link,Nhava Sheva, Sea Link, sewri, Sewri Nhava Sheva link, Sewri-Nhava Sheva Trans Harbour Link, SEZby Manoj John The Mumbai MetropolitanRegion Development Authority (MMRDA) will take over the biggestand most delayed infrastructure project — the Sewri-Nhava ShevaTrans Harbour Link. After decades of deliberation, and unsuccessfulbid process by Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation toget private participation, it is MMRDA’s mandate to organize forfunds to construct MTHL.It is now proposed to extend the 22km link planned to connectSewri to Chirle village in Nhava, to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway,by adding another 28kms. It will now join the Mumbai-PuneExpressway somewhere near Khopoli. The extension translates toabout 500 Crores in expenses but would provide much betterconnectivity.The masterplan for Navi Mumbai development has seen partialgrowth limited to the Northern part; the southern half is stilluntapped, principally because of the lack of easy access to Mumbaicity. The southern half of Navi Mumbai with over 2,500 hectares ofland available for housing presents an opportunity to decongestMumbai. In this context, the proposed Mumbai Trans Harbour Link
(MTHL) connecting Sewri to Nhava Sheva is expected to be acatalyst of development of the city by promoting horizontal growthas against the vertical growth experienced over the past few years.MTHL is designed to have a Metro rail line along the multi-laneroadways, which may not be commissioned in the first phase ofconstruction. The cumulative impact of this infrastructure projectwould benefit real estate development around origination zone inSewri. The imminent advantages of being located near MTHL andhence faster reach to industrial units, SEZ, and Port will createdemand for residential projects with associated commercial & retailcomponents.MMRDA bags Rs 11k cr projectMonday, April 11, 2011Our Mumbai BureauFinally the verdict is out. The high profile Mumbai Trans harbour link (MTHL) project which wasmired in several hurdles has been handed over to Mumbai Metropolitan Regional DevelopmentAuthority (MMRDA). The link will connect Sewri in South Mumbai to Nhava Sheva in Navi Mumbai.The MMRDA may face many hurdles in constructing the 22km sea link as the road passes throughthe Karnala Bird Sanctuary. It is not clear whether the project will get clearance from the ministry of
environment and forests (MoEF).According to MMRDA officials, the project cost will now escalate toRs 11,000 crore, instead of about Rs 8,600 crore estimated earlier. The escalation in cost is due tothe additional 28-km stretch that is to be constructed to connect MTHL with the Mumbai-PuneExpressway. The MMRDA was keen to bag this project, which is one of the biggest infrastructureprojects to be undertaken in the country.Rahul Asthana, the newly appointed MMRDA commissioner had earlier named MTHL as the toppriority project, if MMRDA succeeds in bagging it. "If MMRDA is chosen for the task, it would bring inimmense pride and a huge responsibility to our shoulders," he added.The project will be executed in three phases. Phase I will include construction of main bridge with 6lane facility fromSewri to Nhava including approaches at grade near Sewri end, interchange at Nh4Bnear Chirle village and underpasses at road and railway crossings. The length of MTHL road projectfrom Sewri to NH-4B is 22 km. Phase II will consist of dispersal system at Sewri connecting EasternFreeway and Acharya Donde Marg to MTHL. Phase III will see construction of Metrorail link from Sewri to Nhava and from Nhava to MMSEZ area near Pen, to Panvel via proposed NaviMumbai International Airport and to Uran.Mah Govt to build Nhava Sheva-Sewri sealink bridge on its ownWednesday, June 25, 2008, 18:06 [IST]AAANewsletterIts Free! Your Name Enter email idNews in your inbox
Ads by GoogleMumbai | 3 Months Free www.Regus.co.in/Fort12 month term on Executive Suites Get a Free Quote Now!Ads by GoogleMicrosoft® Private CloudMicrosoft® Private Cloud Solutions Be Ready For The Future, Discover.www.microsoft.com/Private_CloudMumbai, Jun 25 (UNI) The State Cabinet sub-committee has scrapped a tender submitted byconsortium of AnilAmbani-led Reliance Energy for construction of the trans-harbour NhavaSheva-Sewri sea link project, and the Maharashtra government has decided to build the Rs 6,000crore ambitious project of six lanes, linking South Mumbai to Navi Mumbai, on its own.State PWD Minister Anil Deshmukh today said the decision to this effect had to be taken due to thefeud between the two Ambani brothers -- Mukesh and Anil, who had submitted their tenders for thesame bridge, but Anils bid was the lowest. The matter had earlier reached the Supreme Court also.He said the decision to scrap the bid and construct the project by the government itself was taken,as a new bid process would have created the same problems.Mr Deshmukh said in order to construct the bridge, a special purpose vehicle would be formed, withMaharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) at the helm of affairs. Otherorganisations like Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), MIDC andCIDCO will also invest in the same.He said the MSRDC has already started work from today. The proposal will be discussed with thefinance ministry and a proposal to this effect will be tabled before the Cabinet within a fortnightstime.It may be recalled that REL in its tender had submitted that it would collect the toll for nine years, 11months and one day, while Mukesh Ambani-promoted Infrastructure Lease and Financial Services(IL&FS) had sought 75 years time to collect the toll.The PWD Minister said MSRDC has estimated 44 years as a time to collect the toll for the recoveryof the entire cost.Road bodies vie for Trans Harbour linkMonday, March 07, 2011
Competition between Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and Maharashtra StateRoad Development Corporation will reduce metro tariff and toll rates for Mumbai Trans Harbour Link.The Congress and NCP leaders are likely to decide on who will get the ambitious Mumbai TransHarbour Link(MTHL) project, which is a 21 km Nhava-Sewri sea link. Both the agencies presentedtheir projects by Wednesday.The MSRDCs has proposed a toll of Rs 205 for a one-way journey. The plan outlines a uniquedouble-decker structure which will have the road above and the Metro running below. It has peggedthe cost of the project at Rs 8,000 crore and a toll recovery period of 45-50 years. It has alsoproposed a 15% increase in toll tax every year. The MMRDA, on the other hand, has said it will buildthe bridge-with six lanes for vehicles and two for the Metro-at the cost of Rs 8,311 crore and will take45 years to recover the money through toll collections. The MMRDA has priced the toll between Rs105 -Rs 210.