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Thursday , 16 May 2024

Mumbai twin tunnels to open by year-end

The construction of the twin tunnels extending from the mountains near BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre) to Gautam Nagar near Panjarpole, is expected to be completed by the end of the year by the MMRDA. The 500km long tunnels are the first ones in India to be built in a city for urban transport purposes. They are a part of the Anik Panjarpole Link Road which connects Anik in Wadala, Central Mumbai to Panjarpole in Chembur, a prominent north-eastern suburb. The tunnels were created by a controlled blast in the 120m high hill near BARC. About five lakh cubic metres of rocks were excavated during the creation of the tunnel. Each tunnel has four lanes, with a width of 18m and height of 10m. The Anik-Parnjarpole Link Road is a part of the under-construction Eastern Freeway project which will connect the Eastern Express Highway with the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Sangrahalya (formerly The Prince of Wales Museum) through the comparatively less-congested roads of the Mumbai Port Trust area. It will greatly reduce commuting time between South Mumbai and the eastern suburbs of Ghatkopar and Mulund.

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