126 km Virar Alibaug Multimodal Corridor Project Details and Updates

In the bustling landscape of Maharashtra’s Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), a monumental infrastructure endeavor is taking shape – the Virar-Alibaug Multimodal Corridor (MMC). Spanning a remarkable 126 km, this approved expressway is set to redefine connectivity, accessibility, and progress within the region. Let’s dive into the details of this transformative project.

An Ambitious Vision Becomes Reality

The seeds of the Virar Alibaug Multimodal Corridor were sown in 2011 when the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) conceptualized this ambitious expressway. However, it was in September 2020 that a significant milestone was reached with the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) taking over the mantle of construction. This greenfield expressway is envisioned to be an 8-14 lane access-controlled marvel, seamlessly integrating diverse districts – Raigad, Thane, and Palghar.

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Navigating the Construction Phases

The Virar-Alibaug MMC’s construction is divided into two transformative phases:

Phase 1: Covering a vast stretch of 96.41 km between Navghar and Balavali.

Phase 2: Encompassing a 29.9 km span from Balavali to Alibaug.

The completion and inauguration of this corridor are anticipated to transpire in 2030, a testament to the magnitude and complexity of this endeavor. However, it is important to note that the timeline has faced challenges due to land acquisition issues, underscoring the intricacies of executing such a massive infrastructure project.

Virar Alibaug Multimodal Corridor
Virar Alibaug Multimodal Corridor

Salient Features of Virar Alibaug Multimodal Corridor

The Virar-Alibaug Multimodal Corridor is characterized by significant specifications that outline its grandeur:

  • Total Estimated Cost: Rs. 55,000 crore
  • Project Length: 126 km
  • Phase 1 Length: 96.41 km
  • Lanes: 8 to 14 lanes
  • Lane Width: 3.75m
  • Design Speed: 120 kmph
  • Right of Way (RoW): Varies between 45, 69, 99, and 126m in different stretches
  • Metro Corridor: 26.5m

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Unveiling the Current Progress

As of the present, the Virar-Alibaug MMC is in the midst of the critical land acquisition process. It is a colossal endeavor that necessitates the acquisition of 1347 hectares of land for Phase 1, bearing a cost of Rs. 22,000 crore. The project is executed under the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) model.

Charting the Path Ahead: Route and Districts

The proposed route of the MMC traverses through and unites the districts of Raigad, Thane, and Palghar. The scope of land acquisition reflects the extent of this connectivity initiative:

  • Palghar: 61.29 hectares
  • Thane: 520.92 hectares
  • Raigad: 765.01 hectares

Interactive Map of Virar Alibaug Multimodal Corridor 

Stepping Stones of Progress

Several milestones mark the path of the Virar-Alibaug Multimodal Corridor:

  • June 2021: Environment clearance secured for an 18 km section from Chirner to Balvali.
  • September 2022: Application for forest clearance for the Naghar – Chirner section.
  • Ongoing: Land acquisition process continues with the project’s completion projected in 2030.

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Tenders and Contractors: Paving the Way Ahead

The project’s advancement is facilitated by the involvement of dedicated contractors. In April 2023, RfQ (Request for Qualification) applications were invited for Phase 1’s civil construction. This phase is divided into several packages, each contributing to the corridor’s realization:

Project Package (Length) & Chainage Status
MMC-Pkg 1 (8.27 km): 0.065 to 8.335 Tender Notice Pending
MMC-Pkg 2 (12.39 km): 8.335 to 20.720 Tender Notice Pending
MMC-Pkg 3 (5.28 km): 20.720 to 26.000 Tender Notice Pending
MMC-Pkg 4 (3.26 km): 26.000 to 29.260 Tender Notice Pending
MMC-Pkg 5 (11.5 km): 29.620 to 40.760 Tender Notice Pending
MMC-Pkg 6 (12.83 km): 40.760 to 53.592 Tender Notice Pending
MMC-Pkg 7 (8.61 km): 53.592 to 62.200 Tender Notice Pending
MMC-Pkg 8 (7.97 km): 62.200 to 70.167 Tender Notice Pending
MMC-Pkg 9 (7.23 km): 70.167 to 77.400 Tender Notice Pending
MMC-Pkg 10 (11.22 km): 77.400 to 88.620 Tender Notice Pending
MMC-Pkg 11 (7.85 km): 88.620 to 96.470 Tender Notice Pending

In conclusion, the Virar-Alibaug Multimodal Corridor stands not just as an infrastructure marvel but as a testament to Maharashtra’s vision for enhanced connectivity, accessibility, and progress within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. As the landscape evolves, the MMC will pave the way for seamless movement and transformative urban growth.

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