Mumbai: For the ambitious coastal road project, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has invited a request for proposal (RFP) from qualified bidders out of which it has received a total 774 queries only, as compared to Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), also popularly known as Sewri-Nhava Sheva Trans Harbour Link, which is running parallelly and handled by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), that has received 22,000 queries so far.

A senior civic officer from the hydraulic department of the BMC claimed that they received fewer queries, which means the Coastal Road tender is very clear and the work can start by January 2018.

He further stated that usually queries come when bidders don’t understand the tender but such is not the case with the Coastal Road project. Though the project has so many components it requires reclamation of sea, interchange points, undersea tunnels, flood wall construction in sea, etc. On the other hand, the MTHL project is only about constructing a bridge on sea water. Yet, it received 22,000 queries.

Sanjay Mukherjee, additional municipal commissioner (AMC), said, “They have received 50 per cent queries on the conditions of construction, 20 per cent on commercial matter, 25 per cent on technical matter and five per cent queries on taxation. Hence, not many queries have been received from bidders. The tender process will be faster now and work would commence soon.”

The Rs15,000 crore project will connect Mumbai’s western suburbs to the island city. Reducing the traffic menace, the project will be a combination of under-sea tunnels, elevated roads and road on reclaimed land. For phase 1 from Princess Street flyover to Bandra-Worli sea link, BMC has estimated reclaiming 90 hectares. The entire stretch would be 29.2-km long.

Mukherjee added, “We have 17 bidders who participated in the request for qualification (RFQ) process of which, the qualified companies would be asked to submit their proposals for the final round. Once they qualify in the technical criteria, the lowest financial bidder would be selected to execute the project.”