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Goregaon Mulund Link Road: Bridging East and West
Goregaon Mulund Link Road Project: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is overseeing this tunnel project that will serve as a crucial east-west link beneath the verdant expanse of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SNGP). It will seamlessly connect Film City in Goregaon to Khindipada in Mulund. PADECO India prepared the Detailed Project Report (DPR) and alignment options.
Utilizing 2 mega tunnel boring machines (TBMs) with a diameter of around 13m, the project will employ the cut and cover (C&C) method for constructing a 1.6 km box-tunnel near Film City.
Multi-Phase GMLR Project
The entire GMLR project, linking Western Express Highway (WEH) to Eastern Express Highway (EEH), is split into 4 phases. The tunnel construction (Phase 3) saw multiple tender revisions and boasts an estimated cost of Rs. 666 crore.
GMLR Project Reducing Travel Time
The GMLR project is anticipated to drastically reduce travel time between Mulund and Goregaon from over an hour to just 20 minutes. This marks the second tunnel project under SGNP after the 11.84 km Thane – Borivali twin tunnel project.
Goregaon Mulund Link Road Project: Easing Traffic Congestion
GMLR, a 12.2 km road from Goregaon to Mulund, will play a pivotal role in easing traffic congestion on major routes like Santacruz-Chembur Link Road, Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road, and Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road. The total cost of Goregaon Mulund Link Road Project is estimated at around Rs 12,013 crore, including taxes.
Under Phase 3, the BMC plans to construct a 1,265-meter, six-lane flyover at Ratnagiri Hotel in Goregaon East, an elevated road at Khindipada in Mulund, and a 1890-meter, six-lane flyover at Dr. Hegdewar Chowk in Mulund.
Cutting-Edge Tunnel Technology
The first 4.7-km tunnel, starting at Film City in Goregaon and exiting at Khindipada in Mulund, will vary in depth from 20 to 160 meters. A new force ventilation technology will be employed to build the tunnels, ensuring no above-ground ventilation outlets, thus minimizing disturbance to wildlife.
The remaining 6-7 kilometers of the road will feature two 6-lane flyovers, one from Dindoshi court to Film City and another at Hedgewar junction in Mulund. Additional widening of certain road sections will enhance traffic flow.
Major Infrastructure Players in the Fray
Afcons Infrastructure, Larsen & Toubro, NCC – J Kumar Infraprojects JV, submitted bids for the construction of 4.7 km twin tunnels as part of the 12.20 km Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR) project.
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GMLR Project Timeline
The BMC has set a deadline to complete the first two phases of the project by December 2023, aiming for an overall project completion by 2028.
This ambitious project signifies a transformative leap in Mumbai’s infrastructure, promising a smoother and more efficient commute for its residents.
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