Goregaon-Mulund Link Road project hits national park roadblock

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 09, 2016 01:05 IST
Sanjay Gandhi National Park (HT Photo)

Though the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials are hopeful that the initial rejection of conducting a geo-technical survey for executing the tunnelling work for Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR) by the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) authorities won’t affect its schedule, the Rs13,000-crore is likely to miss its commencement the next year.

As part of its geo-technical survey for the constructing the tunnel connecting eastern and western suburbs, the BMC wants to dig 20 to 25 bore-holes inside SGNP to test the feasibility of the soil.

However, the park authorities shot down the corporation’s initial request in May. Unperturbed by the initial rejection, the BMC file a second request by June-end stating that the said survey was must to gauge the composition of the soil and assess the project’s impact on the park’s ecosystem.

However, the civic body is yet to hear from the park authorities.

Rejecting BMC’s initial request to conduct a geo-technical survey, SGNP authorities suggested remote sensing method instead of boring.

The civic authorities, however, turned down the suggestion claiming that experts from IIT-B had insisted on performing a geo-technical survey because the remote sensing method would only allow analysis of the soil strata up to 5 feet deep.

But the geo-technical survey will help them go beyond, which is the current requirement.

A senior BMC officer said, “The construction will not begin until next year, as the SGNP authorities are yet to give us a go ahead for conducting the geo-technical survey.”

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