Jan 22, 2008

Worli Nariman point Sea Link will now include a Tunnel

Part of the Worli Nariman Point sea link may now be a tunnel. It is suggested that an underground tunnel from Priyadarshini Park in Malabar ill to Marine Drive would be cheaper than trying to complete Bandra-Worli-Nariman Point sea link.

Rising cost and delays caused mainly due to squabbles over money have already sent the cost of this 5.6 km long sea link -- which is the first phase of the plan -- from Rs 300 crore to Rs 1500 crore. The sea link from Malabar Hill to Marine Drive is expected to cost Rs. 1400 crore. A tunnel can be had in Rs. 700 crore. This means that the sea link could be extended to end at Haji Ali.

Building tunnel might be quicker and more cost effective than trying to complete the sea link project, but it will still take a number of environmental clearances and feasibility studies.