Trans-harbour link gets boost as engineers appointed



Mumbai Trans-Harbour link (MTHL), the biggest infrastructure project in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, got a major boost on Tuesday when the executive committee of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) appointed a consortium of Arup Consulting Engineers and KPMG as consultants for the project.

The consultants will now work on several aspects of the 21-km-long project and come up with a techno-economic study by October next year.

“The consultants were appointed as their offer was found to be lowest amongst the three agencies found eligible. We expect them to complete the techno-economic study by October next year. While most of the work has already been done, we expect the consultants to secure renewal of a few permissions and highlight other ground realities to pave way for the actual construction of the project as per the schedule,” said Rahul Asthana, MMRDA metropolitan commissioner.

As many as seven consultancy firms had submitted bid documents responding to the proposal MMRDA had floated, inviting tenders from global consultancy firms for the techno-economic feasibility study of the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link (MTHL).

The three firms found eligible were — Arup-CES-KPMG, Louis Berger-CCCC-Deloitte and Mott MacDonald-PWC.

According to senior officials, the consultants, apart from
getting several permissions from various agencies for land acquisition and CRZ clearances, will also carry out a feasibility study about how to enhance the scope of the project with the feasibility of a metro on the same alignment. More info