Mumbaiites can now travel through a tunnel right in the heart of the city from May onwards.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will soon complete one of two 500-m twin tunnels being built near Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) as part of its Anik-Panjarpol Link Road project.
“Work is in full swing and the left tunnel will be completed and open for public use. The right tunnel will also be completed soon,” joint metropolitan commissioner, Ashwini Bhide said.
The tunnel has been drilled out of solid rock and will be completed after a year of drilling through the BARC mountains. The Anik Panjarpol Link Road project stretches from Anik in Wadala till Panjarpol at Chembur.
The tunnels, which cost nearly Rs 61 crore, start at the BARC Mountain and end at Gautam Nagar near Panjarpol.
The MMRDA has completed 350 m of the left tube of the twin tunnel while 250 m of the right tube has been constructed. Each of the tunnels will be 17 m in width and 10 m in height. Each tunnel will have four carriageways.
The entire project is being built at a cost of Rs 210 crore.