L&T Turns Mumbai Coastal Road’s TBM Around

Larsen & Toubro last week rotated tunnel boring machine (TBM) Mavala’s shields using a special turntable at Girgaum’s Chowpatty Ramp for Mumbai’s 29.2 km Coastal Road (Western Freeway) project.

The 80m long CRCHI slurry machine (DZ636) recorded its first breakthrough in early January 2022 after tunneling 2,070m between Priyadarshini Park Launch Ramp and Chowpatty for the south-bound tunnel.

It’s the largest TBM ever to be deployed in India and will commence its second drive, for the northbound tunnel, back to Priyadarshini Park by the end of March to build MCRP project’s 3.93 Package-4.

Along the way, it’ll excavate 75 meters below Malabar Hill and bore through complex geological conditions that include basalt, breccia and shale – more details can be viewed here.

Alignment of the tunnel in navy blue
Mavala on-top of a custom built turn-table – Photo via Ashwini Bhide

Each tunnel will be 12 meters wide consisting of two lanes and one emergency lane.

Photo via Ashwini Bhide

Prior to this, TBMs in India have been rotated in Delhi and Bangalore, so while this is a cool little feat, it isn’t unique.

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2 Responses to "L&T Turns Mumbai Coastal Road’s TBM Around"

  1. Snowfox says:

    Those tunnels are really close together. I had the misconception that the tunnels would be diverged from each other and emerge from the opposite sides of the road. But they are both at the south of Chowpatty Seaface. They will probably use cut and cover for the last part.

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