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This thread is for discussion and of the Worli-Haji Ali Sea Link.

The link is an extension from the Bandra Worli Sea Link, also known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link or in simple words, BWSL.



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Hi guys, am new to the forum so this might be a stupid question but are the renders/plans for worli-haji ali already known ? Where is the sea link exit on the Haji ali side planned ? What are the expected causes for delay ? This one should be easier than the Bandra-worli link, right ? Considering it may not have to be cable stayed due to the absence of any fishermens village ?
 

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shanware, welcome aboard SSC India.

are the renders/plans for worli-haji ali already known?
nope

Where is the sea link exit on the Haji ali side planned?
It hasn't been released yet but I reckon it will hit the seaface just north of the dargah. BB, can you confirm?


What are the expected causes for delay ?
lack of planning followed by the slow process of tendering. Reliance infra emerged as the preferred bidder but the MSRDC had second thoughts. There should be an announcement on this in the upcoming week.

This one should be easier than the Bandra-worli link, right ? Considering it may not have to be cable stayed due to the absence of any fishermens village ?
affirmative
 

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How long will it take to build once approved?
 

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Another quick question ...do we know if the folks at Haji Ali are on board ? or are we expecting another PIL ?
There hasn't been any brouhaha against it, so it looks all clear.

How long will it take to build once approved?
The bidding concluded last month with Reliance Infra emerging as the preferred bidder. It'll take 3-4 for the construction to finish once started.

^Well looking at the way the BWSL went probably 6-8 years. Lets hope this one goes faster and doesn't run into any hurdles anylong the way.
More like 3-4 years. There won't be any major cable stayed portion (most probably no minor aswell) so it should be built quite fast.
 

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BWSL: a speedbreaker for traffic on 2nd carriageway
Swapnil Rawal
Mon, Aug 3 06:34 AM


The second carriageway of the Bandra Worli Sea Link is most likely to be completed by the end of the year, but motorists may have to wait for another 18 months to use it.

A cloverleaf connector from the Worli-end has to be built first from the second carriageway, and this is not part of the BWSL-contract awarded to Hindustan Construction Company.

The connector would be constructed by the contractor who bags the next arm of the Western Freeway project—the Worli Haji Ali Sea Link. The contract for the Worli Haji Ali Sea Link is still to be awarded as it is awaiting the nod from the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure.

"We are working to find out on how to use the second carriageway in the meantime, till the connector is built by the Worli-Haji Ali contractor. The Committee has not met yet to decide the Worli Haji Ali Sea Link-bid," Vimal Mundada, Minister Public Works Department (public undertakings) told Newsline.

According to the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) officials, the proposed 1.5-km connector would take at least 18 to 20 months to be constructed.

A senior MSRDC official added, "We can use the second carriageway and make use of one of the escape connectors to divert traffic to the first carriageway, but so far, no decision has been taken as it could lead to congestion. Till the connector is built the use of second carriageway is doubtful."

The cloverleaf interchange would loop over the south-bound carriageway and connect at the Worli-end, near Thadani junction. The four-lanes of the sea link have been put into operation from July 1.

The Anil Ambani-led consortium is the frontrunner for the 3.6-km WHSL contract.

Reliance Infrastructure Ltd with Hyundai has quoted lower viability gap fund (VGF) against Hindustan Construction Company-Samsung and John Laing.

When asked when the contract is likely to be awarded, Mundada said, "The meeting is expected in the coming week. It would take around a month-and-a-half to finish formalities like Letter of Intent, etc."


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As expected, just before the code of conduct comes into effect :)...By the way does Reliance Infrastructure have any expertise conducting Bridges ? Who else is on the consortium, anybody know ?


Haji Ali link: contract set to be cleared this week
Express News Service Posted: Aug 17, 2009 at 0141 hrs

Mumbai Clearance for a key infrastructure project is expected this week, just before the code of conduct for the Assembly polls comes into effect, possibly by the last week of August.
The contract for the Worli-Haji Ali Sea Link, second arm of the Western Freeway project, is awaiting the Chief Minister’s nod. The decision has been pending before the Cabinet Sub-committee on Infrastructure for over two months.

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who chairs the sub committee, had stated recently on NDTV 24×7’s Walk the Talk that the contract will be finalised in the next 10 days, but little has moved since then. In fact, the sub-committee has not met since. “We expect the meeting to be held by Monday or Tuesday,” Vimal Mundada, PWD (Public Undertakings) Minister told Newsline.

The 3.6-km link, a continuation from the Bandra-Worli Sea Link that was partially opened to traffic on July 1, will be built at an estimated cost between Rs 4,500 crore and Rs 5,000 crore. A consortium led by Reliance Infrastructure Ltd is likely to bag the contract after having quoted almost Rs 1,000 crore less than the other consortium -Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) with John Laing and Korean giant Samsung.

Once the nod from the Cabinet is obtained, work could start by the year-end and completed in three years. The consortium that bags the contract would first have to build a cloverleaf interchange from the second carriageway of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link to the Worli end. The 1.5-km cloverleaf interchange would loop over the southbound carriageway and connect at the Worli end, near Thadani Junction.

The state government is also evaluating a combination of a sea bridge, a tunnel and a shallow tunnel under Marine Drive for the Haji Ali-Nariman Point link. Consultants have recommended a sea bridge from Haji Ali to Priyadarshini Park, followed by a deep (drill and blast) tunnel via Malabar Hill to Tambe Chowk and then a cut-and-cover tunnel from Tambe Chowk to Nariman Point.
 

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Couple of articles in the Indian express on Mumbai infrastructure in general and the Worli-Haji Ali sea link in particular. Sad, looks like it may not be awarded before the model code comes into effect after all.


Get them built
The Indian Express Posted online: Wednesday, Aug 19, 2009 at 0141 hrs

The Maharashtra government has repeatedly said that the imminent coming-into-force of the Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct will not be allowed to delay the commissioning of the first extension of Mumbai’s Worli-Bandra Sealink: the stretch between Worli and Haji Ali. Time is running out; this week the government’s power to take decisions ends. Chief Minister Ashok Chavan must sign off on the project — which is waiting basically just for his approval — immediately.
The hoopla surrounding the inauguration of the Sealink was incongruous, as these columns pointed out at the time: the project was massively delayed. No mention was made, in that celebratory period, of the man-hours that Mumbai wasted in traffic while clearances were ploddingly procured, local residents brought on board, and do-gooders placated. But the state needs to show that it has learnt from the experience. It needs to show, through effective support of the project and through political neutralisation of objections, that the mistakes that caused the Worli-Bandra delays will not be allowed to happen again. Chavan has said that Congress President Sonia Gandhi specifically asked for the process to be expedited; he should see this as a signal to expend political capital on getting it done. Signals that the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra is willing to cast off the laziness that has characterised much of its approach to its state’s fast-growing cities might well be essential if it is to mount a successful defence during the assembly campaign of its lacklustre performance in office.

The government further believes that work can be “completed in two and half to three years’ time”. True, it can. But will it? More, does the government have what it takes to view that as a hard-and-fast deadline rather than as some sort of optimistic, rosy vision of the future? Maharashtra’s political class can’t afford to sit back on these giant, transformative projects. There is little doubt that Mumbai’s very future as a global city depends on three things: the timely completion of the Sealink, and its extension to Versova and Nariman point within half-a-dozen years; the clearing and construction, in a similar timeframe, of the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link, the 23-km sealink connecting Sewri in peninsular Mumbai with Nhava in Raigad, on the mainland; and the Navi Mumbai international airport project, due to come up in the Panvel-Kopra area. In each of these, Mumbai’s future has been held to ransom — sometimes by government sloth, sometimes by corporate egos, sometimes by last-man-standing environmentalists. None of these should be allowed to matter any more.








Panel keeps decision on Haji Ali link pending
Swapnil Rawal Posted: Aug 20, 2009 at 0128 hrs


Mumbai The cabinet sub-committee on infrastructure met on Tuesday but took no decision on awarding the contract for the Worli-Haji Ali Sea Link, the first connecting arm of the Bandra Worli Sea Link.
The contract, expected to go to a consortium led by Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, is awaiting the endorsement of Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who has promised that work on the sea link will commence soon. It is not clear if it will be awarded before the code of conduct is enforced for the Assembly elections.

The 3.6-km sea link will be built at an estimated cost between Rs 4,500 crore and Rs 5,000 crore. Subject to Cabinet clearance, work could start by the year-end and completed in three years.

The project involves a 1.5-km cloverleaf interchange from the second carriageway of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link to the Worli end. The cloverleaf interchange would loop over the southbound carriageway and connect at the Worli end, near Thadani Junction.

The Reliance Infrastructure-led consortium has quoted nearly Rs 1,000 crore less than the other consortium that bid, Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) with John Laing and Korean giant Samsung.
 

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this GoM has been absolutely disastrous for the last 8 or so years. dragged their feet on so many projects is unbelievable. made a humongous amount of money by extorting builders and contractors though
 

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I've always tried the 'hidden motive' angle to see if theres a potential reason for delaying a project ...Unfortunately in this case, short of non-payment of a kick-back/bribe there appears to be no potential motive: No pressure from a huge corporation (eg: Sewri-Nhava Sheva sea link), No special interest groups (eg: Peddar road flyover) and no perceived public outcry (eg: the Charkop-Bandra metro route). Unfortunately, a voting percentage of 41.24 % for a national election in a city, immediately after the most brazen terrorist attack in its history, means the problems of the city will never be taken seriously enough. Pity...a real pity.
 

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And this ...proposal for a coastal route along the sea....they want to cut and cover a tunnel under Juhu beach.....with a glass cover so that people can see the vehicles under it .....it would be funny if it was'nt so so SAD ...what are these guys smoking ??...do they even look at the map ? ....where the hell are they going to build an 8-lane road along the sea ..over carter road ?? ...Are they still using maps from the 1700s ?...just build a freaking sea-bridge and stop wasting our time and money.....dimwits



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Coastal route for 'burbs'
Chittaranjan Tembhekar, TNN 20 August 2009, 02:18am IST

The Bandra-Worli sea link has reduced some chaos on city roads. It's successor, now on the drawing board, may trim traffic in the suburbs. The state cabinet's sub-committee on infrastructure on Tuesday asked the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to go ahead with its plan to design and build a 10.3-km long coastal link from Bandra to Versova.

MSRDC sources said following the state's green signal, the agency will appoint a consultant to study the technical and economic feasibility of the project's three options. The eight-lane project will cost Rs 2,300 crore if the cheapest option is implemented. The state has already approved Rs 10 crore for the feasibility study, bid documents and engineering designs. The study will take nine months while the project itself will take another four years.

Engineers involved in the project told TOI that the primary option being considered was creating a coastal road right from the Bandra end of the existing sea link up to Juhu beach and then a cut-and-cover tunnel from under the beach up to Versova, as it is the cheapest option. It is likely to be built with private participation on a build-own-transfer basis.

A cut-and-cover tunnel is an underground road from under the beach. This one will have a glass cover so people walking across the beach would be able to see vehicles passing below. At the Bandra end, as per the preliminary report of the project, the new bridge will land in front of Taj Lands End and from there a new coastal road will be built on the lines of Marine Drive.

Under the second option, a sea bridge will replace the cut-and-cover tunnel and some portion of the coastal road. It is estimated to cost around Rs 2,500 crore. The third option is to construct a sea link all the way from Bandra to Versova like the existing one between Bandra and Worli. But the third option is estimated to cost at least Rs 3,000 crore. MSRDC has also ruled out a complete tunnel option under the sea due to its huge capital requirement.

"We will seek clearance from the coastal authorities for the road and we will have to acquire some land as well. If we do not get environmental clearances then we may have to go for a total sea link, like the existing one," said an official on condition of anonymity.
 
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