The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) through its Public Works Department will construct an underground road connecting Thane and Borivali areas at an investment of Rs 8,900 crore.
MSRDC has sought permission from the Forest Department for 10 km long road with two tunnels of three lanes and 15 mtr wide. Owing to the underground road, the turn at Ghodbunder road can be avoided as currently, it takes nearly two-three hours by road to travel between Thane and Borivali. Once completed, the 21 km stretch will take only 15 minutes to cover the distance.
The road will also have a one km long link road with a 10.20 km tunnel to be constructed under the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, and will start from Tikuji-Ni-Wadi (Thane) and connect with the western expressway at Borivali.
The project has got a green nod from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and has submitted a request for approval from the Forest Department.
Moreover, owing to insufficient funds for this project, a financial support is also expected from the state government.
The detailed project report (DPR) for the project is currently in the last stage. The Bandra-Versova Sea Link will also be extended up to Virar, which is a distant suburb of Mumbai, Maharashtra.