One of Mumbai's most ambitious road projects will see the light of day today literally.
Engineers digging a pair of tunnels under the BARC hills near Chembur are scheduled to break through the other end by late afternoon or early evening, capping almost three years of excavation in tricky terrain and clearing one of the toughest parts of the 17-km Eastern Freeway.
In engineering parlance, Thursday's event is called Day-lighting, a reference to the rush of sunlight that will fill the tunnel as the last rock crumbles.
The 505-metre twin tunnel is part of the Eastern Freeway which will connect P'Dmello Road to the Eastern Express Highway in Ghatkopar. The Freeway will be a traffic signal-less, access controlled road.
The Eastern Freeway, which is being built at a cost of nearly Rs 1,000 crore, will take you to Ghatkopar from P D’Mello Road in less than half an hour. Currently, it takes anything between an hour and an hour-and-a-half.
The MMRDA has spent close to Rs 80 crore on the tunnel and has rehabilitated close to 5,000 structures, including 30 shrines, while laying down the Freeway.