India’s first undersea twin tunnels in south Mumbai are nearing completion, after a construction period of more than two years involving the efforts of 35 workers and a giant Chinese Tunnel Boring Machine, which had to cut through complex geological strata to complete the tunnels.
The undersea twin tunnels, which begin near Girgaon ahead of Marine Drive and run north under the Arabian Sea, Girgaon Chowpatty, and Malabar Hill, will finally open to the public this November, with the tunnel’s endpoint located at Breach Candy’s Priyadarshini Park.
The Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MCRP) includes 2.07-kilometer-long undersea twin tunnels, being built by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) at a cost of Rs 12,721 crore.
The Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MCRP) is a 10.58-kilometer road of Phase 1 that connects Marine Drive to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
It’s part of the larger Coastal Road project, and aims to reduce travel time from Girgaon to Worli during peak hours from 45 minutes to just 10 minutes.
Challenging Engineering Feat
The construction of the tunnels involved 35 men and a giant Chinese Tunnel Boring Machine, which had to cut through complex geological strata to create the tunnels.
The tunnels were a challenging engineering feat, as they had to be built deep under the sea while ensuring that they are strong enough to withstand the pressure of the water.
Benefits of the Undersea Tunnels
The tunnels are expected to significantly reduce travel time and improve connectivity in Mumbai.
They will also provide a unique experience to commuters, who will be able to travel under the sea while enjoying a breathtaking view of marine life.
The Mumbai Coastal Road Project
The undersea tunnels are just one part of the Mumbai Coastal Road Project.
The entire Phase 1 project includes the construction of a 10.58-km long coastal road that will link Marine Drive to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
The project is expected to be a game-changer for Mumbai, as it will not only improve connectivity but also boost economic growth by reducing travel time for businesses and commuters.
Mumbai residents are eagerly waiting for the tunnels to open in November and are looking forward to experiencing this unique and exciting mode of transportation.