The MMRDA, which had earlier planned to build two tunnelled roads to improve connectivity from the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) to north and south Mumbai, has now proposed to build a third underground tunnel which will pass through Kalanagar junction and help ease congestion there.
A 454 metre tunnel is being planned from BKC till the mouth of the Bandra-Worli sea link. This will be in addition to the 1,142 metre tunnel from Block E of BKC till Kherwadi junction (which would take traffic to the suburbs) and another spanning 601 metre from the mouth of the sea link till BKC (which would bring traffic from south Mumbai).
The entire project could cost MMRDA Rs 370 crore and it has already asked a consultant to undertake a study on the project. This will become Mumbai’s first underground intersection.
At present, nearly 29,861 vehicles enter the BKC through Kalanagar junction. The number of vehicles entering BKC is expected to increase manifold once the Diamond Bourse there gets fully functional. The MMRDA has said that with the number of vehicles in BKC increasing, it has to improve the area’s infrastructure.