The first phase of Mumbai Coastal Road, the road linking Worli to Marine Drive, is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19 February, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said.
The Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MCRP) is a 10.58-km high-speed corridor connecting Princess Street Flyover (Marine Drive) in South Mumbai with the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) at Worli through a series of arterial roads, underground tunnels, and traffic interchanges.
The civic agency will open one carriage of four lanes from Worli to Marine Lines to the public following its inauguration.
The rest of the stretch that would join the arterial road with the BWSL will be completed by 31 May, following which the entire corridor will be operational.
The high point of this project is the twin tunnels beneath the Arabian Sea near Girgaon Chowpatty, making it India's first undersea tunnel system.
The 2.07-km twin tunnel system originate from Girgaon and run beneath the Arabian Sea, adjoining the Girgaon Chowpatty, and move northwards from underneath the Malabar Hill. The other end of these tunnels will be at the Priyadarshini Park.
Once completed, the first phase of the coastal road being built at an estimated cost of Rs 12,500 crore will speed up the suburban commute to and from South Mumbai.
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