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Nodal agency Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority expects to float bids for the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link project by end of March this year. Expected to be awarded by December 2016, MMRDA is hopeful that construction work could commence by March 2017.

The Rs.11,500-crore project that has been in the planning stage since the 1980s has now been divided into three packages for the purpose of construction. The 22-km six-lane bridge will be built in three packages of roughly 7-km each. The bridge will have a 16.5-km sea link and a 5.5-km viaduct. The link aims to connect Shewri in Mumbai to Sheva in Navi Mumbai.

With the environmental clearance secured for the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) plans to construct the 22-km bridge over the Mumbai harbour in three packages. The contract for constructing the bridge will be divided in packages of roughly 7 kilometer to simplify the complex engineering project.

Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to provide a loan to cover up to 80 per cent of the cost of the project. The Centre has already approved 20 per cent of the project cost as viability gap funding.

A favourable augury for the project was securing the CRZ clearance by the Union ministry of environment & forests (MoEF) in late January. Diversion of around 47ha of forest land had become a contentious issue that is since resolved.

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