Soon travelling to Alibaug from Mumbai will be seamless as Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation(MSRDC) to construct a new bridge connecting Revas to Karanja in Alibaug Taluka. This newly proposed bridge will cut the distance between Alibaug and Mumbai by 70 kilometres as it will be further connect to the Sewri-Nava Sheva Sealink (Mumbai Trans Harbour Sealink) project, saving both fuel and time of commuters greatly. Considering the value it will bring in terms of connectivity, the Urban Development Department Minister Eknath Shinde has recently directed the MSRDC to expedite the project related works. A meeting regarding same was also held between UD and MSRDC official.
The new bridge between Rewas and Karanja is proposed in the Marine Highway project in Konkan. As per the plan, the said bridge will be connected to CIDCO's road up to Chirale. It will cost Rs 850 Cr and permission from Costal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and Forest Department is necessary before starting the actual work.
Besides, nine hectares of land also needs to be acquired. However, this bridge will be of great benefit to this area. The bridge will connect to the Sewri Nhava-Sheva Trans Harbor Link project, therefore the Minister has asked to work on this connectivity also so the distance between Alibaug and Mumbai will be reduced. The tendering process for the new bridge to begin in October after obtaining all permissions and completing the land acquisition process in the next four months.
Interestingly from 1982, there has been a demand for construction of a bridge between Rewas and Karanja in Alibaug taluka. Former Chief Minister late A. R. Antulay had also tried to get the bridge built. As the proposed bridge could provide an alternative route to Talakkonam, as well as a 70-kilometer detour for the citizens of Alibaug. Therefore, local legislator Mahendra Dalvi had also demanded that the bridge should be constructed as soon as possible and held a constant follow-up.