Thursday, August 03, 2006

JNPT Sewri Trans harbour link - wait a bit more

Nearly 40 years in the making, the Sewri-Nhava Seva Trans-harbour link (MTHL) seems to be finally taking off. After first receiving State Government approval in 2001, the MTHL then issued pre-bid documents in early 2004 and received Central Government approval in Dec-2004. In fact, the Finance Minister also mentioned the link in his Budget-2005 speech and the project also received Environmental clearance in March 2005.

But work till date ? Nil.

Now, in Aug-2006, the MSRDC is finally focusing on the MTHL, and, more importantly, has given out bidding documents for this link.

Three "consortia" are in the fray for this project (L&T-Gammon, IL&FS and IFFCO) and obviously one will win the tender. Their bids will be in by Oct 25, 2006 and MSRDC will then - hopefully - announce the winner by mid-December. MSRDC says,
''The deciding factor will be the duration of concession period, that is, the period for which they will collect the toll.''
And finally - when will it get completed ? 4 years after work begins.

And work begins six months after the order is awarded (i.e. June-2007).

Which means around mid-2011. Just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of it's inception. Talk about labour pain.