L&T to build tunnels linking Eastern Freeway & Mumbai Coastal Road

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) announced that it has appointed Larsen & Toubro to build an underground tunnel linking the Eastern Freeway with the upcoming Mumbai Coastal Road (MCR) project, here on Wednesday.
Larsen & Toubro to build an underground tunnel linking the Eastern Freeway with the upcoming Mumbai Coastal Road (MCR) project. (Wikimedia Commons)
Larsen & Toubro to build an underground tunnel linking the Eastern Freeway with the upcoming Mumbai Coastal Road (MCR) project. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) announced that it has appointed Larsen & Toubro to build an underground tunnel linking the Eastern Freeway with the upcoming Mumbai Coastal Road (MCR) project, here on Wednesday. 

The 3.8 km-long twin-tube tunnel will create seamless traffic flow between Orange Gate and Marine Drive, enhancing connectivity and slashing travel time, said MMRDA Commissioner Sanjay Mukherjee. 

Estimated to cost over Rs 7,750-crore, the twin-tube tunnel project, with four lanes for traffic two for emergencies and pedestrian walkways will include a viaduct for vehicle access at the Eastern Freeway Orange Gate, open cuts and access roads on both sides of the total 9.23 km-long corridor. 

The left tunnel will pass under the sea and resurface after the BD Somani Chowk and given the underground Mumbai Metro-3 running above plus the skyscrapers, the railways networks and heritage structures, this tube will run around 40 metres below the ground. 

"The construction of the underground tunnel is a significant step towards improving connectivity between the east and west coasts of South Mumbai. (Unsplash)
"The construction of the underground tunnel is a significant step towards improving connectivity between the east and west coasts of South Mumbai. (Unsplash)

"The construction of the underground tunnel is a significant step towards improving connectivity between the east and west coasts of South Mumbai. It will complement other major projects in the region, such as the Sewri-Worli elevated connector, Mumbai Trans Harbor Link, Eastern Freeway, MCR Project, and the Bandra-Worli Sea Link," said Mukherjee. 

The Eastern Freeway, linking Mankhurd-Chembur junctions with Orange Gate in south Mumbai, has considerably improved traffic movement, but the increased vehicles in south Mumbai has become a huge challenge for the Mumbai Port Trust and the GPO Square, and the new twin-tube tunnel would address it. 

Incidentally, with this, Mumbai will have a network of tunnels in the city limits, one currently functional on the Eastern Freeway (1-km), the twin-tunnels (2.07-km) on MCR Project which are almost complete, the Borivali-Thane Link Road tunnel (10.25-km) and the GMLR tunnel (4.70-km) both to be dug through the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, and the latest 3.8 km underground twin tunnel to connect the Eastern Freeway and MCR Project. 

(IANS/SR)

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