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Mumbai Coastal Road tunnelling to begin today

With regards to the coastal road project in Mumbai, major tunnelling work is to start between the Princess Street flyover and Worli.

Mumbai Coastal Road tunnelling to begin today
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On Monday, January 11, major tunnelling work is to start on the nine-kilometre-long coastal road between the Princess Street flyover and Worli in Mumbai.

As per reports, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is scheduled to inaugurate the tunnelling work that will be conducted in the three-kilometre-long stretch between Chowpatty and Priyadarshini Park.

Meanwhile, for the next 18 months, about 100 workers will drill day and night every day to complete the tunnelling work by June 2022. Moreover, the entire coastal road is expected to get ready by mid-2023. There will be tunnels for both up towards south Mumbai and down towards Worli end.

On the other hand, Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had earlier announced that it is to commence the tunnel boring works for the upcoming Coastal Road Project. The information for the same was provided by Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal.

According to sources, authorities are touted to use a slurry-based Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) which is reportedly the largest of its kind in India. It will be used to create a 3.45 Km long twin undersea tunnel from Priyadarshini Park to Girgaum Chowpatty. With components of the TBM arriving a few months ago, the civic body officials were reportedly assembling the machine at the Priyadarshini Park location.

Though the BMC was looking to begin the tunnelling work in October this year, those plans were held back in view of the restrictions with regards to the coronavirus and the cross-border conflict between India and China. Moreover, the diplomatic conflict proved to be a bigger hurdle as TBMs mostly arrive from China.

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