Three years after conducting a feasibility study through a private consultant for an ambitious multi-modal corridor connecting places in the Mumbai metropolitan region, the city’s development authority has now once again called for consultants to draft another preparatory report for the project. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), having decided to construct the Virar-Alibaug corridor in two phases, has called for consultants to draft a detailed project report for the first phase from Navghar in the Vasai-Virar area to Chirner in Panvel.
“This report would be different form the previous one. The report prepared earlier looked at the techno-economic feasibility of the project, while this will look into the detailed planning for the project with actual designs that are to be used. It will help us find out the exact cost of the project,” said an MMRDA official, who did not wish to be named.
He said it would take a year for the detailed project report to be finalised after which the development authority can call for bids and eventually begin construction.
The eight-lane multi-modal corridor from Alibaug to Virar will incorporate Metro lines, lanes for vehicular traffic, dedicated bus lanes, a cycling track and pedestrian walkways.
The previous report, drafted by Louis Berger, had designed the multi-modal corridor to have elevated corridors for a total of 25 km wherever the project intersects national highways or water bodies. According to the study, the entire corridor was to have 51 flyovers, 48 vehicular underpasses and 25 pedestrian underpasses. The project will provide connectivity to towns such as Virar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Dombivli, Panvel, Uran, Pen and Alibaug. The previous study had pegged the cost of the 126-km corridor at Rs 12,975 crore and had recommended that it be constructed on a public private partnership model. The viability gap funding, which refers to the amount the government agency chips in for the project in a public-private partnership, would be Rs 5,190 crore — 40 per cent of the total project cost. The report suggested that the rest of the project could be financed with a debt of Rs 5,450 crore and Rs 2,335 crore equity.