With impressive construction progress and speed, the New Versova Bridge Project in Mumbai will open by the first quarter of 2023. Upon official operation, the bridge will ease traffic congestion, especially around Mira-Bhayandar.
Right between Surat and Mumbai, a substantial amount of traffic has always crowded the road. As a result, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) decided to construct a second four-lane bridge.
In January 2018, the project marked a significant milestone during its official stone-laying ceremony. In attendance at the event was Devendra Fadnavis, the then-chief minister. Additionally, Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, was also present during the ceremony for the Rs. 247 crore project.
The New Versova Bridge to help motorists save up to 45 minutes
Beginning on the Mumbai side of NH-8, the project alignment runs 2.25 kilometers into the Surat side. The entire length of the project’s 917.875 meters, in addition to both of its 1.33 kilometers, approaches. The two approaches take place on level ground.
The 8-lane Versova Bridge forms a part of the coastal road that links Marine Lines with Kandivali. Additionally, it also provides a total of 4 entry/exit points, through interchanges with Carter Road and Juhu. Once open to the public, the toll rates are projected to be thrice the rate on the Bandra-Wudi link.
While commenting on the project, an official from NHAI said that the New Versova Bridge project is nearing completion. Furthermore, MP Rajan Vichare paid the bridge site a visit, a few days earlier, for a review.
Prior to the project, motorists would often complain about the immense traffic jam they’d face, on a daily basis. A motorist, Aditya Gupte explained that they’ve been a regular traveler between Borivli and Vasal. The completion of the bridge, he continued, will help motorists save anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes.