The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) appointed Veermata Jijabai Technical Institute (VJTI) as a consultant to fix leakages in the Anik Panjarpol Tunnel and for technical assistance for road repair works on the Eastern Freeway.
The 16-km freeway started in 2014 and cut down travel time to 40 minutes from one-and-half-hour between Navi Mumbai and Thane to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT).
For the last few years, there have been water leakages inside the twin tunnels. Officials failed to find out the source of leakages and considering the risk of accidents, the civic body gave a contract of Rs 23 lakh to VJTI. The institute will prepare a report on fixing the leakages and submit it within a month’s time. A proposal of appointment of VJTI was approved in the Standing Committee Wednesday.
“VJTI will study and guide the civic body on corrective measures against leakages and also repair of surfaces. After they submit a report, we will invite tenders for repair works,” said chairman of Standing Committee Yashwant Jadhav.
Along with leakages, BMC has also planned for repair works of elevated roads and the approach road at Panjrapol. As per an estimate, the work will cost Rs 73 crore.
While the freeway was constructed by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), later it was handed over to BMC for maintenance. The BMC has also taken up repairs of lighting inside the tunnels.