Clearing a major hurdle for Monorails second phase,a plot that will give the citys development authority complete ownership of the entire alignment of the project is likely to be in its possession within the next few days.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) was in talks with the residents to acquire the plot,part of the Wakdi chawl at Parel,for nearly two years.
The state government had issued a final notification for the acquisition of the land last month. The notification generally gives a months time to the residents, an MMRDA official said,adding that a possession letter will be issued within the next few days.
With the acquisition of this land,the MMRDA will also be able to complete the process of rehabilitating residents affected by the Monorail line between Wadala and Jacob Circle in Byculla. Approximately 70 families need to be resettled from the Wakdi chawl. This will be the last lot that will need to be rehabilitated because of Monorail, an official said.
So far,the MMRDA has shifted close to 200 families for the 11.30-km-long Monorail line between Wadala and Jacob Circle.
For the past two years,residents of the Wakdi chawl,while maintaining that they were not against the project,were resisting rehabilitation,saying they had been living in the chawl for more than two generations and displacement could rob them of their source of income. They had requested the MMRDA to shift them within one km of their existing residence.
Once the MMRDA gets the possession of the land at Wakdi chawl,the only issue that could further delay the Monorail line would be the approval from the Central Railway for constructing viaducts over railway tracks in Wadala and Curry Road.
The Wadala-Jacob Circle line is being constructed as the second phase of the Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle corridor. A consortium of Larsen & Toubro and Scomi Engineering is constructing the line.
The Monorail construction had started in 2009 and pilot runs on the first phase are expected to start from August after more than a years delay. For the second phase,the MMRDA is yet to set a revised deadline though the civil work is more than 50 per cent complete. However,officials expect the construction of the Wadala-Jacob Circle line to be completed roughly a year after the Chembur-Wadala line is thrown open to the public.