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its salsette island
Nope...the original 7 islands were Colaba, Old Woman's Island, Isle of Bombay, Mazagaon, Parel, Worli and Mahim. Salsette and Trombay were the other major islands, north and north-east of these islands. The fact that causeways had to be built to get from Bombay to Salsette tells you that it was a separate island at some point, though the distinctions are blurred today.
There is not one name given to combined 7 islands today, but it is the Mumbai City District and is popularly known as the island city.

Map from wiki to prove my point
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/69/IslandsofBombay1893.jpg

Additional reading:
http://cultural.maharashtra.gov.in/english/gazetteer/greater_bombay/general.html#1
Excerpts from above:
"The district at present occupies the original island group of Bombay— now practically a southward protruding peninsula of the larger Salsette— and most of the island of Salsette, with the former Trombay island appended to it in its south-east"
"The Salsette-Bombay island complex lies off the mouth of the Ulhas river"
 

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It IS Salsette island because now, most of those islands have been merged through reclamation, therefore ceasing their existence as islands.
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@altan don't know how much you know about Mumbai but when 7 islands were merged with thane (tannah) then the new island was named salsette
Why don't we all agree to call this island 'Mumbai' ?
have to go with altan on this one.

@shree, your original post was whether the sea link would connect to salsette island. if it is all 1 big glob then why the question.

@pkalein, the 7 islands (from colaba to parel, etc.) merged to form bombay, causeways (mahim, sion) were still need to cross over to the bigger landmass up north, i.e. salsette, trombay.

@pest, these distinctions are still valid, the erstwhile 7 islands are where autos don't ply. ;)
 

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have to go with altan on this one.

@shree, your original post was whether the sea link would connect to salsette island. if it is all 1 big glob then why the question.

@pkalein, the 7 islands (from colaba to parel, etc.) merged to form bombay, causeways (mahim, sion) were still need to cross over to the bigger landmass up north, i.e. salsette, trombay.

@pest, these distinctions are still valid, the erstwhile 7 islands are where autos don't ply. ;)
okay you just cleared all doubts :)
 

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It IS Salsette island because now, most of those islands have been merged through reclamation, therefore ceasing their existence as islands.
The merging of those 7 islands created a landmass that was still separate from the island north of it (Salsette) and north-east of it (Trombay), so you are wrong - the islands still exist even today.

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@altan don't know how much you know about Mumbai but when 7 islands were merged with thane (tannah) then the new island was named salsette
Why don't you try me?

As I said above, the 7 islands were not merged with thane at all.
 

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have to go with altan on this one.

@shree, your original post was whether the sea link would connect to salsette island. if it is all 1 big glob then why the question.

@pkalein, the 7 islands (from colaba to parel, etc.) merged to form bombay, causeways (mahim, sion) were still need to cross over to the bigger landmass up north, i.e. salsette, trombay.

@pest, these distinctions are still valid, the erstwhile 7 islands are where autos don't ply. ;)
Thanks for the inputs and help :)

As an aside, do you know the exact boundaries between Salsette and Trombay and Trombay and Bombay in the Sion Kurla region? Are the wards boundaries drawn we per the original creek separation, and if so what is the current ward boundary (in the absence of any publicly available maps)
 

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Thanks for the inputs and help :)

As an aside, do you know the exact boundaries between Salsette and Trombay and Trombay and Bombay in the Sion Kurla region? Are the wards boundaries drawn we per the original creek separation, and if so what is the current ward boundary (in the absence of any publicly available maps)
the salsette trombay boundaries were gone in the mid 1700s.

mahim creek going around present day dharavi and chuna bhatti north of the sion fort is the boundary between salsette and the lower 7. note that these were not islands like elephanta is an island. there was a lot of marsh etc. and the in filling did not need a lot of earth.

a great new resource is the book 'soak' as to what it means to draw boundaries for bombay and to reclaim more land. http://www.soak.in
 

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the salsette trombay boundaries were gone in the mid 1700s.

mahim creek going around present day dharavi and chuna bhatti north of the sion fort is the boundary between salsette and the lower 7. note that these were not islands like elephanta is an island. there was a lot of marsh etc. and the in filling did not need a lot of earth.

a great new resource is the book 'soak' as to what it means to draw boundaries for bombay and to reclaim more land. http://www.soak.in
Soak is really a very nice read, as are some of the other books about Bombay. We are lucky to have a rich literature with regard to the history and development of Bombay.

I suppose the boundaries are gone, but I am thinking that the boundary still exists in someway in the creeks that dot the eastern part of the city, near Kurla and Vidyavihar. Mahul creeks is till distinctive for the most part and the boundary between Trombay and the lower 7 is of course clearly visible.
 

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Finance Ministry refuses funds to Mumbai harbour link

Source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/finance-ministry-refuses-funds-to-mumbai-harbour-link/1017792/0

The much-delayed Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL) has suffered a fresh setback as the union finance ministry has refused to approve its viability gap funding, asking the city’s development authority to treat the sea-link as a road and reduce the concession period to 30 years from 45.

The 22-km, Rs 9,630-crore MTHL is a critical infrastructure showpiece for the financial capital as it will drastically reduce the distance between central Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, and also connect to the proposed second airport there.

The longest sea-link in the country has been in the planning stage for more than three decades, and has gone through two failed rounds of bidding. The jolt from the finance ministry comes after the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) short-listed five bidders more than four months ago.

Approvals from the central government for the request for proposal documents and the viability gap funding of 20 per cent of the total project cost are crucial for the shortlisted consortia to prepare and submit final bids.

However, the finance ministry is insisting that MMRDA treat the link as a road project. This means the standard Model Concession Agreement (MCA) for roads will apply. “It may be a bridge but it is a road project going by the standards of the Indian Roads Congress. So we have suggested bidding it out through the roads MCA,” a senior finance ministry official said.

Further, if MMRDA expects viability gap funding for the project, then the finance ministry wants it to reduce the concession period now proposed at 45 years. “Our calculations reveal the project will break even in 30 years. Why should the developer charge toll for an additional 15 years?” the finance ministry official asked, pointing to the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway where the high court has had to intervene. The finance ministry has also raised concerns over the proposal to charge a congestion fee.

Additional Metropolitan Commissioner Ashwini Bhide, however, maintained that the MTHL is a sea-link and not a regular six-lane road project where the maximum concession period for recovery can be about 25 years. “There is no model concession agreement in place for a sea-link. The MTHL is a green-field project where the risk is much greater as we can only estimate what the traffic is likely to be.

Half the traffic will depend on the kind of development that comes up in the area,” she said.

Explaining the risk involved in the project, Bhide said the debt service coverage ratio, which refers to the available amount of cash flow to meet interest and principal payments on debt, needs to be more than 1 for the lenders to feel comfortable. “For a project like MTHL the ratio should be 1.4 or 1.5, but we have taken 1.2 in our calculations. If traffic is even 25 percent below what is estimated the ratio will go into negative,” she said.

Another reason the finance ministry is keen on pushing the roads MCA for the sea-link is the flexibility the state will have to call for bids for capacity augmentation once the MTHL reaches peak capacity. In case the concessionaire chooses not to submit a proposal or fails or declines to match the most preferred offer, then the government can terminate the concession agreement on payment of a termination fee.

In a recent meeting with the empowered institution of the Union finance ministry, Metropolitan Commissioner Rahul Asthana had said this clause cannot be adopted for the MTHL because if the contractor has to build additional capacity by adding two more lanes, then getting right of way, or ownership of land, would be very difficult.
 

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http://www.mid-day.com/news/2012/oct/231012-Mumbai-trans-harbour-sea-link-cleared.htm

The 22-km bridge is the longest in the country and the second in the Arabian Sea after the Rajiv Gandhi Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai. The MTHL or Sewri-Nhava Sheva Trans Harbour Link is expected to be completed by 2017 and cost Rs.9,630 crore ($1,800 million).

"Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan granted...clearance for the project yesterday (Monday)," Joint Director (Projects), D. Kavathkar of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) told IANS.

The six-lane MTHL will start from Sewri in south Mumbai and will cut through the Thane Creek. It will terminate at Chirle village, near Nhava-Sheva on the mainland near Raigad district, across the Mumbai harbour.

"After completing the relevant formalities in the next two-three months, we hope the execution will start by January 2013," Kavathkar said.

The green signal for the project came after a meeting of the MMRDA Monday which was headed by Chavan.

Originally slated to cost Rs.6,000 crore (2005), the cost was revised to Rs.8,800 crore last year and finally approved at Rs.9630 crore, nearly 60 percent higher than the first estimate.

MMRDA Commissioner Rahul Asthana, while explaining that the cost hike was due to the additional connecting arms on the Mumbai side of MTHL, assured that there will be no more cost-escalations and the approved rate would be frozen.

The MTHL will also provide faster connectivity to the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the busy Mumbai-Goa Highway and the upcoming coastal highway.

Planned over 30 years ago, the MTHL will comprise a 16.50 km bridge in the sea across Mumbai harbour and a 5.50 km long via duct approach on the two sides.

The bridge will provide convenient and quick interchanges at Sewri with the Eastern Freeway Project, scheduled to be thrown open by January 2013, and also at Chirle to connect with the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and Mumbai-Goa Highway.
 
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