In a bid to improve Maharashtra’s infrastructure, the state government has given its clearance for three new projects. The proposal was cleared by the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis-led cabinet sub-committee on infrastructure in a meeting on Wednesday.
According to Hindustan Times, the first, a 13.3-km link between Khalapur and Kusgaon on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway will let motorists heading to Pune avoid the ghat section and reduce journey time by 25 minutes. The second is the Versova-Bandra sea link for faster connectivity between South Mumbai and the western suburbs. The third project approved is a six-lane bridge over Thane creek that will come up alongside the existing Vashi bridge. All three proposals were cleared in a meeting led by CM Devendra Fadnavis. The committee also gave final clearance to Versova-Bandra Sea Link (VBSL).
Radheshyam Mopalwar, Managing Director, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), told the leading daily, “With cabinet sub-committee approval in place, we can now award the contract to the lowest bidders.” The estimated cost of the 13.3-km link between Khalapur and Kusgaon on the Mumbai-Pune expressway is Rs 7,800 crore. The Versova-Bandra Sea Link will cost around Rs 6900 crore and the six-lane bridge over Thane creek will cost around Rs 560 crore, reported the leading daily.