The construction of the Sewri-Nhava Sheva Sealink has hit another roadblock. The Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) is eyeing Rs 500 crore or 25 acres of land in lieu of the five hectares of land that is required for the Mumbai Trans Harbour Sea Link (MTHL).
According to sources, MbPT has demanded 25 acres of land or Rs 500 crore in a letter written by its chairman Rajeev Gupta recently. The proposal to allocate its land for the MTHL is likely to come up for discussion in MbPT’s board meeting scheduled on November 1, said sources.
When MiD DAY contacted Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) commissioner to confirm the report, Rahul Asthana said, “We have also heard about this but we have not received any formal communication about the same.”
Meanwhile, at a meeting chaired by CM Prithviraj Chavan on Monday, a cost escalation of Rs 1,926 crore was approved increasing the cost of the entire construction from Rs 7,704 crore to Rs 9,630 crore. The escalation was approved considering the consultant’s recommendations that say 25 per cent increase should be perceived taking note of rates of interest and inflation.
The MTHL or the Sewri-Nhava Sheva Trans Harbour Link will be a 22-km bridge beginning in Sewri and cross Thane Creek and will terminate at Chirle village, near Nhava Sheva. The road will be linked to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in the east, and to the Western Freeway in the west. The sea link will contain a 6-lane freeway.