MMRDA plans 2 tunnels, a flyover to improve BKC connectivity
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) hopes to start construction of two tunnels and a flyover in February to ensure smoother connectivity to Mumbai's business hub - Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) - from Bandra Worli Sea Link as well as the airport as well as to decongest the busy Kalanagar junction.
If everything goes according to plan, then the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will start the construction work of two tunnels and a flyover connecting Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) with Kherwadi and Bandra Reclamation by February.
While the feasibility study has been completed, the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the project is nearing completion and by January MMRDA will be inviting two tenders (one for the two tunnels and one for the flyover).
Confirming the same, MMRDA Commissioner said, “The DPR for the project s near completion and by January the tenders for the same will be invited after which the work will begin.”
It should be noted that getting permission from the traffic department for the construction might be a tough job since Kalanagar is an important junction and any kind of construction activity will lead to traffic congestion.
In order to avoid this problem, MMRDA has decided to first start the construction of one of the tunnels before commencing work on the other and the flyover. “We are well aware of the fact that Kalanagar junction is a very important and so if we start the work on both the tunnels and one flyover at the same time it will create traffic problem. In order to avoid that we have decided to start the work in phases,” an MMRDA official added.
The length of the tunnel starting from BKC and ending at Kalanagar junction will be approximately 1 km and that of the tunnel going towards Bandra Reclamation will be approximately 1.5 km.
While MMRDA hopes the underpass will ease the current traffic woes at Kalanagar junction, constructing the tunnel will not be easy since the one going towards Bandra Reclamation will pass under the Public Works Department (PWD) building on the Western Expressway. MMRDA will also have to take the necessary environmental clearances for the same since the Mithi River passes just few metres away from the proposed tunnel.
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