Reviving the decade-old plan of introducing passenger water transport on the western coast of Mumbai yet again,the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has called for fresh bids for the construction of terminals and hopes to appoint a contractor by June.
If the project,which has gone through three failed rounds of tendering,is successful this time,citizens would be able to travel from Borivali to Nariman Point with stops at Marve,Versova,Juhu and Bandra,significantly slashing the travel time.
The construction period for the terminals would be two years and we hope to award contracts by June, said Subhash Nage,chief engineer at MSRDC. This time the model is completely different. We have separated the construction and operation part of the system and we hope the change will attract bidders.
The MSRDC has called for tenders to design and build terminals bundled in three packages. The first package is for the construction of terminal facilities at Nariman Point and Juhu,the second for Bandra and Versova and the third for Borivali and Marve.
The estimated cost of the three packages is Rs 262.36 crore,Rs 239.39 crore and Rs 251.69 crore,respectively.
Separately,the MSRDC has also invited expressions of interest (EoI) from passenger vessel operators for operating the ferry services along the west coast. The authority has fixed April 26 as the last date for bid submissions and receipt of EoI documents.
As per discussions during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan last November,while the cash-strapped MSRDC will be the implementing agency for the water transport projects along the west and east coasts of the city,other state government agencies will chip in towards the cost of the west coast project.
The MSRDC will provide for building the jetty,passenger amenities,navigation channel and other infrastructure. The project,being implemented as a cash contract,is expected to cost Rs 750 crore,for which the state government,City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will allot Rs 250 crore each over the next two years.
The MSRDC will fund the east coast passenger water transport project on its own. The authority is yet to have detailed project report prepared and tenders may not be called any time soon.