Mumbai: After a six-year delay, the blueprint of the much-awaited Virar-Alibaug Multi Modal Corridor (AVMMC) project is ready. A senior official from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) in charge of the project has told the Free Press Journal a presentation will be made to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also the MMRDA chairman, on November 21.

“During the meeting, administrative approval will be taken from the CM, which will enable the appointment of engineers, revenue officers and other important staff required for the implementation of the project,” said the official.  “Tenders will be invited once these appointments are made, which is likely to be done by the end of this year. In the interim, the land acquiring process will go on,” explained the official.

So far, the project only has an in-principle approval, which is not sufficient to proceed. The MMRDA had conducted a financial feasibility study in 2012 and had approved it, as it believes this project will bring development and strengthen job opportunities, once connectivity is provided between towns such as Panvel, Bhiwandi, Virar, Kalyan, Pen, Uran and Alibaug and at the same time, help decongest Mumbai.

The Free Press Journal had earlier reported about the MMRDA receiving a green nod from the World Bank, which has agreed to fund 60 per cent of the project. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 19,000 crore and will be carried out in four phases, according to the official. Eight lanes are proposed on the 128-km long road, with a metro corridor in the middle, 80 bridges, underpasses, overpasses, several flyovers, and growth centres.

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