Even as the citys development authority has set the ball rolling for the much-delayed Sewri-Nhava Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL),the need for several clearances including two approvals from the Central Railway (CR) could pose hurdles during implementation.
To build the 22-km road,which will be the longest sea link in country,the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) requires approvals for two overbridges from CR,the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) for piers near the Pir Pau jetty,ONGC for piers near its pipelines and Mumbai Maritime Board. It is also awaiting an environmental clearance for the project.
Clearances are not in our hands and will take time. Even the bidders understand this difficulty , an MMRDA engineer said.
The MTHL needs clearances from the Central Railway at two places one at the suburban line near Seawoods and another at the railway line and yard between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Panvel. The MMRDA expects to submit the general arrangement drawing within a week.
Clearances from railways often take long owing to lengthy procedures and strict emphasis on safety measures. Projects like the Santacruz Chembur Link Road and the Wadala-Jacob Circle monorail have been awaiting railway clearances for years.
The MMRDA will also submit a copy of the detailed design to MbPT for clearance at Pir Pau Jetty. It needs nine hectares as part of the right of way and 13 hectares for casting yard.
So far,among major clearances,MMRDA has only got one in-principle approval from Mumbai Maritime Board for navigational spans at Thane creek and Panvel creek and non-navigational spans at other places,ensuring the structure allows passage of small boats.