There are no doubts that the Trans Harbour link is a dream come true project. The Centre has given green signal, but there is a rude setback as the work can only start early next year and not from next month as scheduled, escalating the cost to go high. Thus, the Trans Harbour link has just got a little longer and it is not a great news. It is highly appreciable that the Maharashtra Government is on the road map for growth and it is a financially growing state. With Centre clearance in place it is time to start the work in good earnest and make sure that there are no hiccups on the way. The deadline of completing the project by the 2019 is further extended and may touch 2020 by the time it is completed. It is a bad news that the delayed Mumbai Trans Harbour Link is expected to attract more funds as per MMRDA. Bidding for the 22 km long freeway bridge to start only after Feb 2018. It is reliably understood that the officials from the City’s Development Authority will step in to make the dream project come true. It is time to fulfil the two main conditions laid down by the Ministry and speed up the process of construction. The project will get Coastal Regulatory Zone clearance and forest clearance, but with certain riders. Let us hope that the project will go through without many hurdles early next year.
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