The coastal road project has now gained traction following the end of the pandemic, with the first phase of tunneling work completed. In two months, the Mavala, a giant tunnel boring machine that is being used for the project, has excavated 357 metres underground.
A project has been introduced by BMC to help ease traffic woes in the city. To complete the 10.58 km long project that stretches from Princess Street at Marine Drive to the Worli end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, twin tunnels, each of which is 2.07 km long, are being constructed from Priyadarshini Park to Girgaon Chowpatty.
On January 10th this year, the first tunnel connecting Priyadarshini Park with Girgaon Chowpatty was completed. Excavation of the second phase of the tunnel began on March 30.
Until the first week of June, Mavala had excavated 357 metres under the second phase of the project. Ashwini Bhide, additional municipal commissioner, tweeted, “The 2nd tunnel of the Mumbai Coastal Road Project has been launched. The TBM Mavla was relaunched on March 30 in a record time after completing the first tunnel of two kms with tunnel breakthrough on January 10. It has now achieved 357 metres of length.”