Work on an underground tunnel beneath Sanjay Gandhi National Stop (SGNP) will start in six months after the BMC fixed a deal to purchase 19.8 hectares of land adjoining the Tadoba Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur for Rs 4.67 crore which can be given over to the state forest department as compensation.

In spite of having the rest of the authorizations in place for the underground tunnel, the project was held up as the forest department’s clearance was long pending over the compensation clause. Once completed, the 12.7km long GMLR will interface Film City in Goregaon with Mulund, and a journey that takes over an hour will be diminished to 15 minutes. It’ll be a six-lane street, of which 4.7 km will be a twin tunnel road running underneath the SGNP.

The BMC had asked the forest department to propose a land allocated helpful to them. The forest department proposed a buffer zone for their Tiger Reservein Tadoba. A buffer zone is a land between a forest and income division zone which separates the village area from the forest. Parag Seth, executive engineer, the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road( GMLR) tunnel project said that the method to secure the land from the inhabitants of Chandrapur will be completed within another two months. He added that work on the tunnel is anticipated to begin in six months. It is anticipated to be completed in five years.

Explaining how this tunnel will help ease traffic within the city, Seth said that in Mumbai there’s only Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) close this venture. After JVLR, there’s no link on the north side connecting the eastern and western rural areas. The link is on Ghodbunder Street in Thane. He also added that there is an anticipation that it’ll take 20 minutes travel time from Goregaon Western Express Highway to Eastern Express Highway.