The city will soon get its first twin tunnel at the foot of a mountain near Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).
Each tunnel will be 500 m long, 17-m wide and will have a height of 10 m. Each of these tunnels will have four lanes, two on each side.
The twin tunnels are a part of a 12-km Eastern Freeway Project, part of which will be elevated. The whole project is being built at a total cost of Rs 531 crore.
It starts from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) on P D’Mello Road and goes up to Mumbai Port Trust Road before joining Eastern Express Highway via the Anik-Panjrapole Link road near Wadala. The tunnels, which will cost Rs 45 crore, will start from Ashok Nagar at the footsteps of BARC mountain, and end at Gautam Nagar near Panjrapole.
“The second phase will link the Anik-Panjrapole Link road with the eastern suburbs of Ghatkopar, thus saving travel time,” said Ratnakar Gaikwad, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA.
The land has been acquired from Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) and BARC.
The authority had to re-route the HPCL aviation pipeline and a new boundary wall was constructed for BARC.Mumbai