The cost of the project, pegged at Rs 1,300 crore in 2012, has escalated due to a change in design.
The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), or BMC, has begun work on the Rs 3,847-crore, 14-km long, Goregaon-Mulund-Link road (GMLR), that was first recommended by American transportation and infrastructure consultants Wilbur Smith and Associates back in 1963.
The cost of the project, pegged at Rs 1,300 crore in 2012, has escalated due to a change in design of the project which has seen the addition of three flyovers, one underpass, one roundabout and a box tunnel under the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SNGP). The ambitious project entails the construction of a five-km long, six-lane tunnel under SGNP, between Film City in Goregaon to Bhandup in the central suburbs.
Sanjoy Mukherjee, additional commissioner, MCGM, told FE that some minor contracts have been awarded, amounting to approximately Rs 100 crore and that the MCGM has set aside a budget of `2,347.72 crore in the current fiscal for GMLR. He said the remaining funds would be allocated in the next fiscal once the ongoing work is completed. Mukherjee added, “We are also yet to receive the final stage of forest and environment clearance for the project from the Centre. Wild life clearance is being assessed by the wild life warden. Moreover, the state government will appoint two members to the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) monitoring committee for this project.”
The GMLR is intended to serve as a high-speed, high capacity, east-west link between the suburbs of Mumbai, to the Mumbai-Pune expressway and the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport. This will be the fourth east-west link road in the city, the other three being the Santacruz-Chembur Link road (SCLR), Andheri-Ghatkopar link road and Jogeshwari-Vikhroli link road. SLCR is the latest addition, built at a cost of `415 crore and thrown open to traffic in 2014.
The time taken to travel from Goregaon to Mulund to reduce to 15-20 minutes from one hour and ten minutes at present.