5 Bidders for Versova – Dahisar Coastal Road’s Work in Mumbai

6 civil engineering firms (2 in a consortium) have submitted bids to construct the 22.93 km Versova – Dahisar Coastal Road project in Mumbai after Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) opened technical bids on Monday.

This six lane project in Mumbai’s western suburbs is also known as Versova-Dahisar Link Road (VDLR) and is estimated to cost Rs. 16,621 crore. Its construction will be carried out via 6 civil packages (A, B, C, D, E & F) and includes a series of elevated roads, a cable-stayed bridge, an arched “basket” bridge, ramps and tunnels.

Packages C & D connecting Mindspace Malad and Charkop are dedicated towards the construction of underground tunnels by two tunnel boring machines (TBMs), each with a diameter of 15.72m, which will make them the largest to be deployed in India. These are the 2 packages I’m most excited about.

Interestingly, Package B includes a 4.46 km connection to the 12.20 km Goregaon – Mulund Link Road (GMLR) project, while Package E includes a roughly 80m tall observation tower in Charkop.

BMC had invited tenders for construction in August 2023 with a 4 year construction deadline. Each package received 3 bids each. MEIL submitted bids for 2 packages (C & D) as they specialize in tunneling, while the other 4 bidders submitted 4 bids each.

Package A (Versova to Bangur Nagar)

  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 2593 crore
  • Length: 4.54 km
  • Chainage: Ch. 0+000 To Ch. 4+540
  • Bidders: APCO Infratech, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) & J Kumar – NCC JV

Package B (Bangur Nagar to Mindspace Malad and GMLR Connector)

  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 2910 crore
  • Length: 6.12 km
  • Chainage: Ch. 4+540 to Ch. 6+200 and GMLR Connector Ch. 0+000 to Ch. 4+460
  • Bidders: Afcons Infrastructure, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) & J Kumar – NCC JV

Package C (Mindspace Malad to Charkop Northbound Tunnel)

  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 2911 crore
  • Length: 3.9 km
  • Chainage: 6+200 to 10+100
  • Bidders: Afcons Infrastructure, APCO Infratech & Megha Engineering and Infrastructures (MEIL)

Package D (Charkop to Mindspace Malad Southbound Tunnel)

  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 2910 crore
  • Length: 3.9 km
  • Chainage: 11+000 to 7+100
  • Bidders: Afcons Infrastructure, APCO Infratech & Megha Engineering and Infrastructures (MEIL)

Package E (Charkop to Gorai)

  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 2990 crore
  • Length: 3.78 km
  • Chainage: 11+000+14+780
  • Bidders: Afcons Infrastructure, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) & J Kumar – NCC JV

Package F (Gorai to Dahisar)

  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 2612 crore
  • Length: 3.69 km
  • Chainage: 14+780 to 18+470
  • Bidders: APCO Infratech, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) & J Kumar – NCC JV
Versova – Dahisar Coastal Road’s 6 packages – infographic via Times of India

The bids have now been sent for technical evaluation which will take a couple of months to complete. When that is done, the financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will be opened to reveal who’s the lowest bidder and most likely contractor for each package.

Although the project is referred to as a Coastal Road, there’s another parallel road planned further west along the actual coast known as Versova – Virar Sea-Link (VVSL). That expressway will be built as part of the Mumbai Coastal Road project and would be an overkill. I’d rather have funding for it allocated towards public transport.

Infographic via Swarajya showing both projects

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13 Responses to "5 Bidders for Versova – Dahisar Coastal Road’s Work in Mumbai"

  1. Shubham Bansal says:

    Please add tender news for Kalyan taloja metro.

  2. Sunil says:

    This is such an important and desperately needed connectivity which is coming to the Financial/Commercial Capital if the country after 75 years of independence. By the way why are they creating “far away in the sea Sea Links”. A coastal road similar to the one in south mumbai would have been much more beautiful and accessible. Dubai and Singapore don’t have mangroves but still have beautiful coastal roads.

  3. Switsy Henriques says:

    When there is metro line with the same connectivity why do we need such projects in an eco sensitive zone and mangrove area..? Also what about the existing fishing activities in the area?

    • Rajiv agarwal says:

      All don’t use metro 60 % has their family car moving car parrel to metro line is not possible when there is mangrove in versova which is only 700 meters which when crossed car can move in non crowed area . But more than that the other restriction is after lokhandwala to bangur Nagar nis costal road is made full township of bangur Nagar could go for redevlo redevelopment .

  4. Joyanta Dey says:

    Dear TMRG, very interesting to see that in Pkg C and D L&T is not participated while they have the most BIG size TBM experiences.Is it MEIL vs L&T ? As MEIL is there so it may be little chances for L&T. My thinking is that MEIL will get both pkgs.

  5. Mayur Mahajan says:

    6 packages 6 contractors.

    Packages will be distributed among all of them. Contractors and corporation – Everyone will be happy 😁

    I’ll guess the winning names here. Let us see who wins.

    Package 1 – APCO
    2 – L&T
    3 – AFCONS
    4 – MEIL
    5 – L&T
    6 – Jkumar

  6. Anand says:

    Can anyone update who is the consultant for it??

  7. Shiva says:

    There was supposed to be a connecting road from Andheri Lokhandwala to Malad Malwani… Which proposal was cancelled in 90s??? Why??? There are such a horrible traffic jam at the marve mithchowki orlem signal almost every day.. that it take 2hours to clear that patch on some festive day. Just nobody knows what children n daily commuters have to go through!!!!!

  8. Akshara says:

    I think connecting the mind space back road to one of the road that has already been constructed behind Ryan international school end at Malwani, can help the daily commuters a lot and avoid a lot of traffic from Infinty mall to Mith chowki. This can benefit people from Inorbit mall till Malwani with just a little bridge.


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