May 9th, 2023
Mumbai is undergoing massive infrastructural development to improve urban mobility in the city. One such project is the Kharghar Turbhe Link Road (KTLR), which is expected to significantly reduce travel time from Mumbai, Thane, and Navi Mumbai to Kharghar.
Key Highlights of the KTLR Project
The Kharghar Turbhe Link Road project, which is expected to decongest the Sion-Panvel highway, will cost Rs 2,195 crore. The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) will be the implementing agency of the project, which is expected to be completed within three years.
The 5.490 km long KTLR project will start from Turbhe and reach Kharghar via Juinagar, offering a seamless commute that avoids the usual route via Sion-Panvel Highway, Thane-Belapur Road, and Palm Beach Road. The upcoming corridor will also be beneficial for commuters travelling via the arterial Thane-Belapur Road.
One of the key features of the project is the construction of a 1.763 km long tunnel passing through the Kharghar hills, which will be a four-lane corridor. CIDCO has already prepared the Detailed Project Report (DPR), and pre-construction work has commenced. The process of acquiring necessary clearance from different agencies is currently underway.
The KTLR project faced delays due to a disagreement between Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation and CIDCO over funding. After the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation decided not to fund the project, CIDCO decided to implement the project and bear the entire cost, estimated to be Rs 1282.37 crore.
The KTLR project is a significant infrastructure development initiative by CIDCO, aimed at improving urban mobility in Mumbai. The project is expected to provide a seamless commute and reduce travel time by 30 minutes from Mumbai, Thane, and Navi Mumbai to Kharghar. The construction of the tunnel passing through the Kharghar Hills will be a key highlight of the project, and the pre-construction work has already commenced.
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