Mumbai: Worli to Marine Drive in 8 minutes! The journey will be through the tunnel, the road made by crossing the sea and the bridge
Through the new Coastal Road of Mumbai, there will be a unique journey through the tunnel, the land and the bridge built on the sea, there will be no signal and no toll block.
Mumbai: 70 percent of the work on Mumbai’s new Coastal Road has been completed. The first phase of the Mumbai Coastal Road being built at a cost of Rs 12,500 crore is of 10.5 km from Marine Drive to Worli. According to BMC, its work will be completed by November 2023.
Everyone is eagerly waiting for the completion of the Coastal Road being built on the western seashore of Mumbai. After the construction of this road, the journey from Marine Drive to Worli will be completed in just eight minutes, that too without any toll. The dream of Coastal Road, which is going to become Mumbai’s new identity, is fast taking shape. The Coastal Road of the first phase will be from Bandra-Worli Sea Link to Marine Drive. There will be a tunnel in it, there will be a road built across the sea and there will also be a bridge over the sea.
The journey from Marine Drive to Priyadarshini Park will have to be covered through a tunnel. For this, there will be two tunnels of two kilometers each. Out of this, one has been completely excavated while the work of the other is going to be completed soon. From Priyadarshini Park, the road will go from the tunnel to Marine Drive. Meaning, if we enter from here, we will reach Marine Drive in a few minutes, that is, other areas including Malabar Hill will pass through underground.
Mantaiah Swamy, Chief Engineer of BMC’s Coastal Road, said that it has three lanes. Two lanes will be reserved for general traffic and one lane will be reserved for ambulance, bus and emergency services.
L&T official Pradeep Patil told that, if you see its depth, it ranges from ten meters to 70 meters. The zone of Malabar Hill has more depth. As Girgaon goes to Chowpatty, the depth will decrease. This is India’s first largest tunnel of 12 meter diameter. One side’s tunnel has been completed, the other side will also be done in a few days.
After the tunnel, the journey will start on the road being built across the sea. The road passing behind Mahalakshmi temple will proceed towards Worli in front of Haji Ali. There is a big interchange here adjacent to Haji Ali. Means one can go outside the city from Coastal Road or can come on Coastal Road. Such big interchanges are being made. We can call it double decker flyover.
There are a total of three interchanges on Coastal Road. After exiting the tunnel, the first near Amarshan Garden, the second near Haji Ali and the third near Sea Link in Worli. There will also be a car parking facility.
BMC’s deputy chief engineer Vijay Jore said that the portion from Priyadarshini Park to Worli is completely above reclamation. Which is 111 hectares. It has three interchanges. The length is about six and a half kilometers. It has 10 bus bays, 16 public underpasses. This is a big part of landscaping. There will be no signal on it. Will reach from Marine Drive to Worli in eight minutes. While it takes half an hour from the old road. There is no toll on this road.
This is a changing picture of changing Mumbai. Coastal road is being constructed at a fast pace in Worli, as well as amusement park, jogging track, cycle track are also being built for the convenience of the people. Especially the way we see on Marine Drive, the same arrangements are being made here.
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There was a lot of opposition when the matter of making the Coastal Road was raised. It was being said that the beauty of Mumbai’s sea shore would be lost, marine life would also be harmed. Fishermen also protested. But now when we are seeing that the Coastal Road Project is taking the same shape as earlier only Marine Drive was.