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Mumbai Coastal Road Project: Boring work for the second underground tunnel is likely to be completed by March MIGMG News

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to complete the final boring work for the second underground tunnel of the Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MCRP) by the end of March, officials said, adding that the 10.58-km long MCRP is to connect Nariman Point in south Mumbai with the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) through a series of arterial roads and underground tunnels.

As part of the project, BMC is constructing two twin tunnels that would connect Girgaon Chowpatty to Priyadarshini Park (PDP) in Malabar Hill, while using a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM). Boring work for the first tunnel was started by PDP in January 2021 and was completed in January 2022 after the machine was pulled out from Girgaon Chowpatty. After this, the boring work for the second tunnel started from Girgaon in March 2022, as the two tunnels will run parallel to each other and form a separate corridor for north-south vehicular movement. The tunnels would be about 2 km (2,000 m) long and a large part of these tunnels would run under the Arabian Sea, civil officials said, adding that the boring work along 160 meters – the second tunnel – was yet to be completed.

“It took us about a year to complete the tedious work for the first tunnel, the same for the second tunnel. Although the second one is 10 meters longer… this shows that we are well within the schedule and we intend to complete the project by the end of this year as stated earlier,” said an official, adding that 70 percent of the coastal work has been completed so far. on the way, and auxiliary works such as installation of chambers and fire fighting systems are also underway.

On Sunday (February 26), while announcing the second phase of Mumbai’s beautification plan, municipal commissioner and state-appointed administrator Iqbal Singh Chahal said the coastal road would become operational by November 2023.


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