Ghatkopar Koparkhairne & Rewas Karanja Bridges, Mumbai (INDIA)

Due to the unique geography, the growing/increasing population and the continuous land unavailability, Mumbai and its Region are in strong need of infrastructure that can cope with the challenging necessities of a fast growing megalopolis. For the past 20 years, the government’s efforts have been focused on large-scale transportation systems such as major roads, metro and rail infrastructure. Following this logic, the “Feasibility Study: Urban Infrastructures for Mumbai”, commissioned by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), concentrate on formulating innovative and integrated solutions for the implementation of major infrastructures in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) mobility network and in relation to urban and sub-urban context.

The aim of this study is to provide recommendations and specific guidelines for the development of a major integrated infrastructure. The study is supported and consolidated by a proposal for the implementation of two major bridges, of strategic importance, in order to provide connectivity at two strategic locations, that will generate a significant impact, at regional scale, on the Mumbai transport network.The two study cases, the Ghatkopar Koparkhairne Bridge (GK) and the Rewas Karanja (RK) Sea Link, are essential connections on a macro scale for the transport system, within MMR Region. These two connections will help in connecting the Island city with Mumbai hinterland.The GK Bridge across Thane Creek, will connect the Salsette island with Navi Mumbai, linking the western suburbs of Mumbai via Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road JVLR to Thane Belapur Industrial Corridor. This will be an additional crossing point over the Thane creek, between the two existing bridges at Airoli (north of GK) and Vashi (south of GK).The RK Bridge across Rewas sea channel, will support the development of various areas, ports in MMR and allow a 70 km shortcut for local commuters travelling to Alibaug, and also benefit JNPT in terms of logistic, transport of goods. This bridge also plays an important role in connecting with the southern parts of MMR Region.The study consists of a ‘state-of-the-art’ bridge design, meeting the international standards of technical excellence and aesthetics while taking into account the strong MMR urban and landscape context but also aspects of sustainability, maintenance, ecology and economy.The Feasibility Study ‘Integral strategies for Urban Infrastructures in Mumbai’ has been possible thanks to the financial support of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT).

Mission: Vision and Feasibility study

Study: 2013 – 2014 |  Status:  Ongoing

Design & Engineering: NP-BRIDGING

Client: Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Autority (MMRDA)

Dimensions:  GK Bridge 

Length = approx 7 km | Width = 27.80 m, Clear navigational span 100 m

Dimensions:  RK Sea Link

Length = approx 7 km | Width = 27.80 m, Clear navigational n.2 spans 160 m

Study budget: 1 mln €