India’s First Undersea Tunnels In Mumbai To Open This Nov; CM Shinde Will Inaugurate

by Shreya Rathod
India’s First Undersea Tunnels In Mumbai To Open This Nov; CM Shinde Will Inaugurate

Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is going through some major changes. And one of them is the Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MCRP)! It is a grade-separated highway that would connect Marine Lines in the south to Kandivali in the north along Mumbai’s western shore. Recently, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde inspected this coastal road. According to the reports, the first phase of the project is nearly completed and India’s first undersea tunnel will be open in November!

India’s First Undersea Tunnel To Open In Nov!

undersea tunnel
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In November, India’s first undersea tunnel will open. This stage of the Mumbai coastal road project’s undersea tunnel is crucial and is almost finished. The Marine Drive to Bandra Worli Sea Link phase includes an underwater tunnel that is almost 3 km long. For this dig, 35 workers and a sizable tunnel boring machine produced in China were employed. The tunnel travels from close to Girgaon, past the Arabian Sea, Girgaon Chowpatty, and Malabar Hill, before coming to an end close to Bridge Candy Hospital.

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Mumbai Coastal Road Project

coastal road project
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Mumbai’s massive Coastal Road, which enhances its beauty, will open to the public in November of this year. Nearing completion is the first phase’s second tunnel. There is not much work left to accomplish. Within the next few days, the tunnel will be officially opened. Chief Minister Shinde examined this tunnel. By November 2023, the first phase of the 10.5-kilometre coastal road project between Marine Drive and Bandra Worli Sea Link should be finished. This initiative will therefore reduce travel time.

The total cost of the coastal road project is 12,700 crore rupees. The amount of traffic in the city and suburbs will decrease after this project is finished. The South and North halves of the Coastal Road project are separated. More than 70 per cent of the work has already been finished on this project’s southern portion.

In the meantime, the work for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train is in full swing, and it will start operating soon. Underwater travel is possible on the Bullet Train between Mumbai and Thane. There will be a tunnel connecting the Shilphata and Bandra-Kurla stations on Thane Bay.

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The time needed to create this tunnel will be around five years.

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