Maharashtra wildlife board gives nod to study for Goregaon-Mulund road
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Wednesday evening tweeted, “Wildlife Board approves geotechnical investigation within SGNP for finalising the alignment for a tunnel, forming part of the Goregaon-Mulund Link Roadmumbai Updated: Oct 27, 2016 00:31 IST
In a boost for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Rs1,300 crore-Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR) project, the state wildlife board has given its nod to a geotechnical study within the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, for constructing a tunnel that will part of the road. However, the biggest hurdle for constructing the tunnel - the Centre’s environment clearance - still remains.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Wednesday evening tweeted, “Wildlife Board approves geotechnical investigation within SGNP for finalising the alignment for a tunnel, forming part of the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road.”
After the permissions for conducting a geotechnical survey for testing the soil was rejected once by the Forest department, and it instead suggested remote sensing as it will be environment friendly. But, the IIT had told the BMC that remote sensing will only help with soil strata up to 5 feet deep and beyond that, geotechnical survey will be needed, said officials.
Based on their recommendation, the civic body had again requested for permissions from the Board, by the end of June. However, the BMC is now looking at digging about seven test bore-holes that will be 20 to 30 metres deep at SGNP for testing the feasibility of the soil, as a part of the geotechnical survey for constructing the tunnel.
A senior civic official from BMC, who did not wish to be named, said, “We already have the consultant appointed for the tunnel to be designed, which was not possible without the geotechnical survey. With this go-ahead, we will begin the survey on a war footing as the project is high on priority. And then the design will be sent for approval to the union environment and forest ministry as the tunnel is to be constructed under the forest area.”
The GMLR would be the fifth and likely to be the last link to connect the eastern and the western suburbs, which is likely to help reduce traffic on the Jogeshwari – Vikhroli Link Road, which faces severe congestion during peak hours. However, as a part of phase one - Nahur road over bridge will be constructed and as a part of phase two – widening of General AK Vaidya marg, from Oberoi mall to Film City in Goregaon will be done. The widening of the road is likely to affect over 500 settlements in that area, said civic officials.