The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has decided to go ahead with the plan of constructing the 9 km-long Bandra-Versova Sea Link, which is set to cost over Rs 5,000 crore.
It will now appoint a consultant and approach the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) for getting the final clearance. The MSRDC has put forth before the chief minister that the Bandra-Versova Sea Link (BVSL) is a good option to the BMC’s coastal road plan, which is likely to face more opposition from the public. A senior MSRDC official said, “We want the project to be implemented because the planned coastal road stretch between Bandra and Versova will face huge criticism from locals staying in the koliwadas, and also from environmentalists.
So, the sea link will be very useful. We are inviting bids for the appointment of consultants to obtain environment clearance.” MSRDC has invited bids for consultancy services to obtain environmental clearance for the Bandra-Versova Sea Link project. In January 2014, the BVSL project had received clearance from the cabinet sub-committee on infrastructure headed by then CM Prithviraj Chavan.
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