‘Skyscraper Bridge’ Coming Up In Mumbai
If all goes as planned, Mumbaikars will have the good fortune of having India’s first skyscraper bridge between Worli and Sewri. Planned in 2011, the project did not make any headway at that time, but has been revived by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) now.
The plan will be executed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and would involve three other agencies, the Mumbai Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada), the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) and the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT)
The planned bridge will be a 4.5-km elevated corridor, built at a height of 32 metre which is equivalent to a 10-story building. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 1200-1500 crore, with a set deadline of 2022. It will be a four-lane bridge and would pass over various arterial roads to boost the east-west corridor.
The idea of building this bridge is to link the Bandra-Worli Sea Link with Mumbai Trans Harbour Link. It will be a double-decker corridor starting at Sewri interchange at MTHL and would end near Sacred Heart Convent School at Worli. The bridge will pass through Acharya Donde Road at Parel, the Jagannath Bhatankar road, Prabhadevi and would turn towards Century Bhawan. It will go over the Elphinstone flyover and the Hindmata flyover. Also, the existing Elphinstone Road Railway station will be rebuilt to maintain its height in accordance to the upcoming bridge.
Experts are expecting that the bridge might face a roadblock as the project construction would require demolishing of several commercial and residential buildings and rehabilitating the residents. This might result in oppose from the stakeholders, especially the ones to be rehabilitated. The affected areas will be Kamgar Nagar slums, BDD Chawls and buildings in the Jagannath Bhatankar Road and the Acharya Donde Road. While the slum areas are undergoing redevelopment by SRA, those affected in BDD Chawls will be rehabilitated by the Mhada.