The elevated bridge construction from Mumbai’s Versova to Madh Island is likely to get a green signal for construction soon. BMC – Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation proposed the construction of this road way back in 1991 but the project got shelved for 25 years due to the locals opposition. The local fishermen residing in Madh Island were against this elevated road as it would have cleared off their homes. Although, the BMC started construction of this flyway in the year 2009 after clearing all land acquisition issues.
After a long wait, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has designed a new alignment of the bridge according to which the length of this road has been increased by 300 meters. This also proved helpful to settle the fishermen issue.
Currently, people have to take a ferry ride from Versova to reach the Madh island. Else, the commuters have to take a 22-km long roadway from the Kandivli Link Road towards Marve road to reach Madh Island. The construction of this bridge will cut the travel time between Versova and Island by 1.5 hours. This elevated bridge will have two interchanging loops after the commencement of coastal road and the Versova-Bandra Sea Link. Also, this connectivity will link the area directly with western suburbs and south Mumbai.
BMC, however, has to clear a couple of hurdles to receive a green signal from various authorities particularly from the Environment Ministry. Also, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has to seek approval from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority, the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority and permission from the Bombay High Court to begin the construction of this elevated road. The BMC has completed the geotechnical survey for the new alignment of the bridge which will be followed by the blueprint and the cost estimation of the road.
All this procedure will take nine months to complete and the Madh Island area is likely to become an emerging hubspot in the real estate market of Mumbai in coming time.