11 July, 2022
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Mulund and Goregaon are among the two busiest suburbs in the neighbourhoods of Mumbai. While Mulund is located on the Northeast side of Mumbai, Goregaon is located on the Western line. If you wish to travel from Mulund to Goregaon or vice-versa, it may take you approximately 80 to 90 minutes, considering the traffic situation in Mumbai.
To ease the traffic congestion on this route and help the commuters reduce their travel time, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) proposed the construction of a 12.3-kilometre-long link road in 2019. Since this road was proposed to connect the Mulund and Goregaon directly, it was named Goregaon – Mulund Link Road (GMLR).
The GMLR would be the fourth link road to connect the east and west corridors of Mumbai after the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR), Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR), and Ghodbunder Road. As per the Government estimates, the BMC will spend approximately ₹6,225 crores for the completion of the GMLR project.
As mentioned, the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road would span across a stretch of 12.2 kilometres. As per the BMC’s proposal, the GMLR project would consist of two tunnels of 4.7 kilometres and 1.6 kilometres beneath the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Goregaon Film City, respectively.
And thereafter, there would be two six-lane flyovers of six kilometres each for the up and down movement of vehicles. Besides, the road would be widened by over two kilometres to ensure smooth traffic movement.
Both the tunnels would be constructed 20 to 200 metres below the ground level using a new-age force ventilation technology. There will be no outlets for above-the-ground ventilation to avoid any disturbance to the wildlife and forest conservation. The GMLR would start from the Eastern Express Highway near the Mulund-Airoli signal and end at the Western Express Highway at Goregaon.
It is believed that after the completion of the GMLR project, the running time between Goregaon to Mulund would reduce to only 15 to 20 minutes.
After receiving a thumbs up from the Tadoba Tiger Reserve and the State Forest Department in March 2022, the BMC has started the construction work on the Mulund side. However, the construction of the two tunnels is expected to start only after the next six months.
The GMLR project was held up till now because of the long-pending approval from the forest department for the construction of the underground tunnel.
The BMC has divided the construction of the GMLR into four phases:
The estimated time for the completion of the GMLR project is 60 months, i.e., by December 2026.
The construction of the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road would provide a massive boost to the already booming real estate market in the Mulund area. The areas adjoining Kanjurmarg, Bhandup, Nahur and Airoli, will also benefit immensely from the improved infrastructure and connectivity.
Easy and quick connectivity to the western suburbs will drive the demand for residential and commercial properties in the Mulund-Bhandup-Nahur belt.
The Goregaon-Mulund Link Road would transform the daily commuting between the western and eastern suburbs of Mumbai. Currently, it takes around 80 to 90 minutes to travel from Mulund to Goregaon (or vice versa) by road. However, after the completion of the GMLR project, the travel time is expected to reduce to 15 to 20 minutes.
The BMC has already started the widening work on the 2.8- kilometre road between Oberoi mall and Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri and the 2.7- kilometre road between the Tansa Pipeline and the East Expressway. The construction of the twin tunnels is expected to start by February 2023, and the project is expected to be completed in the next five years.
The total estimated cost of the GMRL project is around ₹6,225 crores. After considering the taxes and other revenues, this cost is expected to go beyond ₹8,000 crores.
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