With a population of 12.4 million and fast-growing commuter traffic over the past 20 years, all in a reduced aree of 437 sq.km, Mumbai has been experiencing the downside of its remarkable and dynamic development. To improve the city’s productivity and quality of life for its inhabitants, MCGM began planning a coastal expressway to serve its northern suburbs as long ago as 2006.
The Mumbai Coastal Road Project will help decongest traffic along the west coast of Mumbai from Marine Drive to the Bandra Worli Sea Link, (BWSL) and significantly contribute to cutting transportation-related pollution.
A BRT system for fluid public transport
MCRP is also an opportunity to introduce of a bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which had also been identified as a clear need by preliminary traffic studies. The expressway will therefore have a third lane, coloured red, running along the outside edge of each carriageway. The lanes will be monitored with CCTV to ensure that buses and ambulances are the only vehicles to use this reserved infrastructure. The bur rapid transit (BRT) system will call on articulated buses with 190 to 250 passenger capacity and a minimum of four wide doors for optimal passenger alighting and boarding. Additionally, the bus stop shelters will benefit from CCTV monitoring, direct pedestrian access and real-time information on the next buses arriving for each route.
Three packages for a complete link
The project is divided up into three packages, all of which include raised sections, bridges or tunnels. Our Indian subsidiary, working in a joint venture with Cullen Grummitt & Roe (UK), was appointed by MCGM as Project Management Consultancy (PMC) on Package 2, running from Baroda Palace to the Worli end of the BWSL.
On this package, our role is to:
- review designs and drawings submitted by the Contractor
- supervise project implementation with a focus on compliance with drawings, technical specifications and contractual stipulations
- oversee the timely delivery of the project
- provide training to MCGM staff in contract management.