Anik Panjarpol Link Road tunnel to open in May

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on February 23, 2011 Published on February 23, 2011

Mumbai's road tunnel along the Anik Panjarpol Link Road (APLR) stretch on the Eastern Freeway will be opened to the public in May.

The APLR is part of the freeway that runs from South Mumbai up to Ghatkopar via P D'Mello Road, MbPT Road, Anik and Panjrapol.

The Rs 221-crore project comprises twin tunnels of 500 metres between Bhakti Park and Panjarpol.

Ms Ashwini Bhide, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, said, “The work is in full swing and the left tunnel will be completed and open for public use. Work on the right-side tunnel is also approaching completion as 250 metre heading work starting from the end of Bhakti Park is on. Work on the same tunnel from other side has also commenced. Among other works, 85 per cent of the two-km long reinforcement earth wall is also complete.”

The left tunnel is reaching completion as the work of 315 metre widening is over. Rib erection of up to 80 metre is also done and lining work is in progress, she said.

Rehabilitation of affected people

The APLR is unique as the construction includes normal bridges, subways, viaduct over a railway track and a 500-metre tunnel. It is said to be the city's first project with multiple components.

The road work of APLR has been completed along with a 40-metre flyover at RCF.

Near Trombay, the foundation and sub-structure work on the 400-metre viaduct is over and work on the super structure has begun.

Ms Bhide said a major hurdle in the project was rehabilitation and resettlement of the project-affected-people and most of the issues pertaining to their rehabilitation had been settled.

The MMRDA has so far rehabilitated 4,694 people at Vashi Naka, Chembur and Tata Nagar at Mankhurd, she said.

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Published on February 23, 2011
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