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Tender notice, deadline 6th July, 2006 for geotechnical investigations for the area along the route of two proposed water conveyance tunnels from Maroshi to Ruparel College and Malbar Hill to Cross Maidan in Mumbai. Visit www.mcgm.gov.in/tenderfiles/dept35ssno5tend528ver2eng.pdf or contact Municipal Corporation of Brihanmumbai, fax +91 2222624431 or 2222626437. 26/06.Patel Engineering on 7th May, 2007 announced it had bagged an order worth INR1.56 billion from the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai for construction of a tunnel for transportation of water from Malabar Hill to Cross Maidan in Mumbai. The project involves a 3.5 km tunnel, which would be 2,800 mm in diameter and around 90 metres below the ground level, with shafts and associated works. About one kilometre of the tunnel will pass below the sea. The project will be executed in a 50/50 joint venture with Pratibha Industries, with Patel Engineering as the lead partner in the venture. This tunnel project will be executable in 37 months. Visit www.patelengineering.com, www.pratibhagroup.com and www.mcgm.gov.in 20/07.Hindustan Construction secured a INR3.16 billion contract to build a 11.85 km-long 3.6 m-diameter water tunnel from Maroshi in Andheri to Ruparel College in Matunga Road. The tunnel will replace the old Upper Vaitarna and Vaitarna mains in this section and will improve the water supply to Vakola, Mahim, Dadar and Malabar Hill. The tunnel will be connected to the already existing Ruparel-Dr E Moses Road tunnel that supplies water to Malabar Hill. It will be completed around 2012 and will supply 1,100 million litres daily. The tunnel will be laid underground by digging a 27.5 m-deep shaft and then laying the tunnel horizontally using a tunnel boring machine. Work will begin in the next month and the project is expected to be completed in five years. The project has been submitted for partial financing to the Centre under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission but is yet to receive approval from the the central govermment. This is the third of five tunnels in a plan by Brihanmumbai Municipal Committee (BMC) to help upgrade the old water distribution system in the city. Read more in E-News Weekly 33/2007. Visit www.hccindia.com 33/07.