India's First Undersea Tunnel Nears Completion: Mumbai Coastal Road Project

The Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MCRP) is a Rs 12,721-crore initiative by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to connect Marine Drive to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link through India's first undersea tunnels. The 2.07-km-long twin tunnels are expected to be operational by November 2023, reducing the commute time from Girgaon to Worli to just 10 minutes during peak hours. The tunnels have been constructed using the largest-ever Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) used in India, named Mavala, thus overcoming complex geological challenges.

Important Points:

  1. Understand the significance of the Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MCRP) and its impact on infrastructural development in India.
  2. Learn about the application of a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) in the construction of undersea tunnels.
  3. Be aware of the ambitious plans of BMC in connecting Marine Drive to the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
  4. Understand the potential impact on traffic congestion and commute times with the implementation of such projects.
  5. Learn about the design and features of the undersea tunnels, and their relevance for safety and functionality.