The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has announced that 82% of the southern portion of the Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MCRP) has been finished. The Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) at Worli and Nariman Point in South Mumbai would be connected via a 10.58-km high-speed corridor that consists of several arterial roadways, subterranean tunnels, and traffic interchanges. BMC shares the drone view of the entire route, and we are blown away.
BMC Shares Drone View Of Mumbai Coastal Road
🌉मुंबई किनारी रस्ता (दक्षिण) प्रकल्पाचे ८२.५१ टक्के काम पूर्ण..!
📹मुंबईतील वाहतुकीला वेग देणाऱया या महत्त्वाकांक्षी प्रकल्पाची सद्यस्थिती अनुभवा ‘ड्रोन’ च्या नजरेतून..
🤳From the skies to your screen!
🌉Mumbai Coastal Road (South) is now 82.51% complete!
📹Dive into the… pic.twitter.com/aeHUUQd1tO
— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) December 14, 2023
The Mumbai Coastal Road project is being built in four distinct packages. BMC officials state that 83.82 percent of the first package, which connects Priyadarshini Park and Baroda Palace, is complete.
Package 2: It connects Baroda Palace to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and is 69.46 percent complete.
Package 4: It connects Princess Street Flyover (Marine Drive) to Priyadarshini Park and is 90.77 percent complete.
The first section of the coastal route, which is now under construction at an estimated cost of ₹12,500 crore, will expedite suburban commutes to and from South Mumbai.
Eknath Shinde, the chief minister of Maharashtra, declared earlier this week that the first section of the Mumbai coastline route will be operational by the end of January 2024.
Mavala Used To Excavate Twin Tunnel
— Sunaina Holey (@SunainaHoley) December 10, 2023
The project’s highlight is the pair of tunnels under the Arabian Sea close to Girgaon Chowpatty. This is because it constitutes India’s first submerged tunnel network. Near Girgaum’s famous Chowpatty beach, the 2.07-kilometre twin tunnel system connects Priyadarshini Park and Chhoti Chowpatty to Marine Drive.
A Chinese Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) has been used to excavate the twin tunnels. It is called Mavala after the mountain warfare specialists of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. China Railway Construction Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. is the manufacturer of the TBM Mavala, the largest tunnel boring machine ever used in India with a diameter of 12.19 metres (CRCHI).
Six parties have also expressed interest in participating in the Versova-Dahisar phase of the north expansion of the proejct. In August 2023, the civic council issued an invitation to bid for each of the six packages. A, B, C, D, E, and F are the packages that make up the ₹16,621 crore project. (As per Swarajya)
Local Fishing Community’s Protest
Mumbai Coastal Road, Maharashtra 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/kzPi5QzCeT
— Gurkirat Mand (@811GK) December 17, 2023
The deadline for the Mumbai Coastal Road project was pushed to the first half of 2024 after members of the local fishing community staged a protest demanding that the distance between the two pillars of the bridge that would connect the BWSL with the MCRP be at least 200 metres, while the BMC had stated that it would be 60 meters.
The MCRP was originally scheduled to open in November 2023. It will use an underground tunnel, a number of traffic interchanges, and arterial roadways to link BWSL in Worli with Marine Drive in south Mumbai.
To facilitate the transition of cars from the arterial bridge to the main carriageway of the road, the project will have three interchanges. These will be at Amarsons Garden, Haji Ali, and Worli. According to civic officials, only the area between Marine Drive and Worli Interchange would be opened during the first phase.
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