BMC drafts disaster management plan for coastal road twin tunnels

The coastal tunnels will have an advanced ventilation system, emergency escape routes, and a safe room

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Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will start working on the coastal road project October onwards, which was approved last week, where the construction of the first phase (southern part) of the coastal road will commence. In this project, two independent tunnels, one 20-25 metres below South Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty area and the other 70-75 m below Malabar Hill.

In order to secure the safety of people, the BMC drafted a disaster management plan for coastal road twin tunnels. One of the civic officials said that the underground tunnels will have an advanced ventilation system, emergency escape routes, and a safe room. According to the officials, in case of emergencies, people will be moved to the safe room until the situation is under control. He added that the proposed tunnels will be earthquake-resistant and have a lifespan of more than 120 years. 

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Mohan Machiwal, Chief Engineer, coastal road said that the Saccardo nozzle system will help in controlling pollution as it gets suffocating inside the tunnel because of the carbon monoxide that releases from vehicles.

The 9.9 km coastal road will link Marine Drive to the southern end of Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) that will include a 6.8 km undersea tunnel, which will run from Marine Lines near Princess Street flyover to Priyadarshini Park.

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