The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) Thursday said the state government is considering a private plot of land owned by Royal Palms in Goregaon for the car depot of the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro 3.
Officials from the MMRC said the Royal Palms plot is being considered in view of the declaration of Aarey as eco-sensitive zone by the union government.
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“The landlord had earlier offered a plot of 66 acres (26 Ha.) of land for the car depot against compensation. The State Government is very keen to avoid metro car depot construction in an eco- sensitive zone. If the land offered by the owners of Royal Palms provides a feasible and viable option, the State Government will consider it within the framework of Development Plan and DC regulations,” said Ashwini Bhide, managing director of MMRC.
The plot is located about 2.5 km north of existing Aarey depot plot. MMRC has completed preliminary survey and technical evaluation of Royal Palm lands as alternative Depot site for Engineering and operational feasibility.
An MMRC official said it will save the project funding affected trees and also help in timely completion of the project.