Tunnel road under Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai will double project cost

The initial plan was to construct an elevated road through Aarey Road to Saki Vihar and then connect it to Mulund
Published on Jan 24, 2016 10:22 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times | ByLaxman Singh, Mumbai

Constructing a tunnel road that passed through the city’s green lung, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), for the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR) project, may increase the project cost to more than double the initial estimated cost.

Last year, the consultant appointed to study the best possible way for the 16-km GMLR had estimated the cost to be Rs1,300 crore. The initial plan was to construct an elevated road through Aarey Road to Saki Vihar and then connect it to Mulund.

However, since the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to construct a tunnel, the cost is expected to rise.

A source from BMC said, “Now, it may go up to more than Rs2,500 crore for the whole project. However, the exact cost will be known after detailed study and analysis of the alignment.” 

Another BMC official requesting anonymity said, “The BMC is considering construction of two tube tunnels- a two-lane tube for each direction- which will cost lesser than the combined option. This means two parallel tunnels of 7km each will be constructed.”      

For the project, a tunnel boring machine (TBM) will be used, which costs around Rs4 lakh for a square metre according to the current rates. The base and strata of soil will be studied for the project.  

The BMC body has now decided to work on the existing GMLR, which was mentioned in city’s development plan (DP) for west to east connectivity many years ago.

According to the new alignment, starting from Oberoi Mall in Goregaon passing through Film City, it will end at Eastern Express Highway via Nahur railway station.

The project, which will be the fourth road to connect west and east, will reduce the travelling time from Goregaon to Mulund to 15-20 minutes. As part of the project, the BMC will widen the road from Oberoi Mall to Film City. It will also widen a 1.5-km stretch from Nahur station to Eastern Express Highway.

A senior civic official requesting anonymity said, “The project will save time, fuel and make the journey smooth. In the long run the project will prove to be economical even though the cost seems high now.”

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Chandigarh-based golfer Nihaal Cheema finished second in the Uttarakhand State Sub-Junior and Junior Championship at FRIMA Golf Course, Dehradun. (HT Photo)

    Chandigarh golfer Nihaal Cheema shines at junior tournament

    City-based golfer Nihaal Cheema finished second in the Under-8 category with a cumulative score of plus-6 in the two rounds played over two days during the Uttarakhand State Sub-Junior and Junior Championship was hosted by the Uttaranchal Golf Federation at FRIMA Golf Course, Dehradun, recently. The five-year-old was the youngest participant in the tournament. Nihaal, a UKG student at Vivek High School, started playing golf at the age of two at the Chandigarh Golf Club.

  • Sunny Enclave residents sough water sampling after noticing contamination. (iStockphoto)

    Alleging contamination, Sunny Enclave residents seek water sampling

    Residents of Sunny Enclave, Zirakpur, urged the municipal council to conduct testing of water being supplied from the tubewell at Preet Colony, after the residents complained of contaminated water.

  • Tomato prices saw a 33% rise in two weeks. (HT File)

    Chandigarh | Tomato prices see 33% rise in two weeks

    Tomatoes, which are one of the most vital ingredients in meal preparation, have seen an almost 33% rise in price, going up from 60/kg in the second week of June to 80/kg now. A supervisor of Punjab Mandi Board in Chandigarh, Harpreet Singh added that there is a shortage of tomatoes at the wholesale mandi in Sector 26 as well. With monsoon on the horizon, the rates of vegetables can further get affected in case of heavy rains, high-velocity winds or hailstorms.

  • The Lok Adalat attached a PSPCL official’s salary over delay in installing power connection. (iStockphoto)

    Lok Adalat: PSPCL official’s salary attached over delay in installing power connection

    The Permanent Lok Adalat, Mohali, ordered the attachment of the salary of a Punjab State Power Corporation Limited executive engineer in a case of alleged delay in installing a power connection in Zirakpur. The adalat, presided over by Vandana Gupta and SS Dhaliwal, passed the order on June 21, while observing that despite the orders, the PSPCL was avoiding to release the connection on “flimsy grounds”. Adalat concluded PSLC is acting in deliberate defiance.

  • A day after a PU team tried to take possession of the space at the Centre for Nuclear Medicine, the varsity reconstituted the centre’s departmental committees (HT File)

    Amid space war: PU reconstitutes dept committees of Centre for Nuclear Medicine

    A day after a team of Panjab University tried to take possession of the space at the Centre for Nuclear Medicine, the varsity on Wednesday reconstituted the centre's departmental committees, a move condemned by the teachers' union. The university also stated that it would review the long-term viability of the MSc programme of nuclear medicine, especially in the backdrop of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research starting its own programme.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, June 30, 2022