Of the two roads planned to connect the Sewri-Nhava Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) the city development authority is planning to drop the one on Nhava side for now,after initial studies indicated it wont be needed.
The MMRDA had earlier planned two roads connecting the 22-kilometre MTHL,one on Sewri side to Worli,and the other on Nhava side to the Mumbai-Pune expressway.
We are thinking of taking up the road on Nhava side later as a public-private partnership project when the traffic increases. Currently there is a four-lane road from Chirle to the expressway,which is being widened to six lanes,so for now,this road can cater to the existing traffic, Metropolitan Commissioner Rahul Asthana said,adding the MMRDA was looking at different alignments for a shorter route that can connect the expressway to Chirle to join MTHL. He said,However,even the shortest alignment was saving only 10 kilometres. Hence we were thinking,with the six-laning of the existing road,there would be fast access to the expressway anyway,so do we really need to spend the Rs 1,200-1,400 crore on another road right now?
The six-laning of the existing road is being implemented by the NHAI,the city and Industrial Development Corporation and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. On the Sewri side,the MMRDA has planned an elevated road between Worli and Sewri that is likely to cost about Rs 600-700 crore.
The MMRDA plans to construct the Worli-Sewri road simultaneously with the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link.