The Government of Maharashtra, with financial assistance from the World Bank and through MMRDA under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project has prepared the Comprehensive Transportation Study (CTS) for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region in the year 2008 known as TRANSFORM (TRANSportation Study FOR the region of Mumbai). The premier objective of this study was to identify the travel modes and travel patterns of the residents in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and recommend long term Comprehensive Transportation Strategy for MMR up to 2031. The final report was submitted in July, 2008. One of the major recommendations of TRANSFORM is the development of Multi Modal Corridor in MMR to take care of the varied travel demands of the region for the horizon period up to 2031. One such corridor is planned from Virar to Alibaug.
M/s. Louis Berger Group Inc. has been appointed for the preparation of Techno-Economic and Financial Viability Study which began in August, 2010.
This 126 km long Virar-Alibuag Multi Modal Corridor will connect NH-8, Bhiwandi bypass, NH-3, NH-4 and NH-4B, Mumbai-Pune Expressway, NH-17, etc. Out of this 126 km corridor, 79 km long Virar (Navghar) to Chirner (JNPT) corridor is financially feasible and has been approved by the Authority in its meeting held on 6th March, 2012.
The Multi Modal Corridor will be a crucial step towards development, strengthening and creating job opportunities in seven growth centers in MMR such as Virar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Dombivali, Panvel, Taloja and Uran. The Corridor will also be useful for the development of Navi Mumbai International Airport, JNPT Port, MTHL and Dedicated Freight Corridor. This Corridor will carry all the traffic from JNPT towards Navi Mumbai and Thane outside the city and will help reduce traffic congestion within the city. The travel time between Virar to Alibaug required today will also be reduced by 50%.