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INCOMPLETE BANDRA WORLI SEALINK GETS INTO NINTH YEAR WITH THE STATE YET TO PAY THE SEALINK BILL

sealink1It’s one of the biggest jokes in the record book of Mumbai’s infrastructure projects – the grand project that is just not getting completed. And now, in the ninth year of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, the estimates committee of the state legislature is looking into who or what delayed the project. While the initial cost of the project, started in 2000, was Rs 666 crore, it has now gone up to Rs 1,634 crore, making it difficult for the state government and the MSRDC to raise funds for it. It is being said that there was a complete lack of coordination and planning between the government and the MSRDC regarding the cost escalation and delay in completion of the project. To top it all, the state was not able to pay its part of the sealink expenditure delaying the project all the more. According to observations of the 29-member committee, comprising party MLAs / MLCs initially the government had to pay only Rs 100 crore towards the project, which it did. However, as costs kept rising, the government had to pay another Rs 480 crore, which it still hasn’t, leaving the MSRDC to raise these funds. The state now has to reply to this report within three months. Bureau report – NMTV

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