The Indian federal government has approved a proposal to build a new 27-mile expressway connecting the Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) with the interstate highway system, a long-standing demand of trade and user associations.
The road project, comprising 13 miles of six-lane and 14 miles of eight-lane routes, is estimated to require an investment of Rs. 1,944 crore (about $314 million), including land acquisition and other pre-construction costs.
“The project will expedite improvement of infrastructure in the State of Maharashtra and also reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, going towards JN Port,” an official statement said. “This highway network would connect the port, including the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport in Maharashtra.”
The contract will be awarded under the build-operate-transfer development scheme.
Port officials said the road connector is imperative in the face of growing traffic volume and planned capacity addition at the port.
Nehru, India’s largest container handler, aims to double its throughput capacity from the current 4.17 million 20-foot-equivalent units to nearly 9 million TEUs with a fourth container terminal facility, for which the first stage of bidding is under way.