Maharashtra's longest twin tunnels project on the east-west corridor completed ahead of schedule.
Ahead of Engineer's day on Tuesday, about 150 engineers and 15,000 workers achieved a major accomplishment by completing the end to end connectivity of Maharashtra's longest twin tunnel project. Breaking all records, the project progressed rapidly, shaping up in just two years. A part of the Samruddhi Mahamarg - Mumbai to Nagpur Expressway in Maharashtra, the passage is has been developed as India's widest and fourth-largest tunnel, read reports
The twin tunnels are 8-km long & 17.5-meter wide
Connecting Tarangpada village in Nashik to Vashala village in Thane (Mumbai), the twin project called Package 14, is worth ₹ 2745 crores. As per reports, the designated driving speed limit here is set at 120km/hr, which will reduce the commute time to just 5 minutes now. Earlier the same distance, via Kasara Ghat, was covered in about 30 to 35 minutes.
The twin tunnels are about 8 km-long and 17.5-meter wide and envelopes the slope which is over 160 meters from the peak of Igatpuri to the downhill near the Vashala valley. Since Igatpuri is a region that is prone to heavy rainfall, the tunnels have been lined with water conduits to avoid logging. Secure systems of data procurement have also been installed here to avoid surveillance disruptions during turbulent weather.
Project completed ahead of schedule despite the pandemic
The project completion was achieved in two years by the Austrian tunnelling method, stated a report by Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited (MSRDCL). Led by the Afcons Infrastructure, the project saw consecutive unearthing of the designated lands to carve out the tunnels.
Reminiscing about the breakthroughs, officials of the company recall that the first milestone was achieved in May, followed by the second and third in July and August, successively. Noteworthily, the connectivity was established ahead of schedule, despite the pandemic.
The project is expected to expedite the construction progress of the 700 km Mumbai-Nagpur (Super Communication) Expressway, which is supposed to minimise the commute time between by 6 hours. The project aims to streamline travel within Maharashtra, improve tourism as well as increase inter-city commute comfort.