"We have received all the clearances for the project which were pending for almost 15 years. I have kept a deadline for myself that the actual work on the project should start from October 31," Fadnavis said at a book release event here today.

He said the request for proposal or the financial bids for the 22-km and over Rs 12,000 crore project will be invited in March. "We need to speed up the procedure as we have to also completed financial closure with Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) for the project," he said.

The sea link project involves construction of a bridge across the Mumbai harbour between Sewri on the island city side (in the Mumbai Port Trust area) and Chirle on the Navi Mumbai side. The project is expected to be completed by 2019.

Fadnavis further said the project will not only provide connectivity but also open up huge area of hinterland where affordable housing initiatives can be taken up at large scale.

"It is not about only creating affordable housing stock, but to develop an ecosystem where different modes of transportation are interconnected and there is seamless connectivity," he said.

Fadnavis also said his government is taking various initiatives, but it is necessary to always rethink whether they are right or no.

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