‘Metro in a month, key road links soon’

After Monorail inauguration, CM Chavan promises to throw open a slew of road projects nearing completion.

Mumbai | Updated: February 6, 2014 12:16 pm
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan also took a ride. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan also took a ride.

In the coming months, many transport-related infrastructure projects such as the Metro, the Sahar elevated road corridor, Santacruz-Chembur link road and the Eastern Freeway’s final stretch are to be inaugurated, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Saturday after inaugurating the country’s first monorail.

The 11.4-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro, which was originally due to be completed in March 2012, has been undergoing safety certification tests for the past four months, Chavan said.  “In a month or in about five weeks, we will get a safety certification and will be able to start operations,” Chavan said, adding that the state government is pushing for the logo of the mass transit system to be “Mumbai Metro”.

Likewise, Chavan added, the state government would  hold a bhoomipujan for the city’s second Metro line soon. This 34-km Metro corridor will be completely underground, from Coalaba to Seepz via Bandra. At Rs 23,136 crore, this will be one of the costliest infrastructure projects of the city.

The Santacruz-Chembur link road, which has been under construction for more than 10 years now and has the dubious distinction of being one of the most-delayed projects, is now almost complete and will also be opened in the next two months, Chavan said.
The Amar Mahal junction flyover, which has been built as a connector to the link road, will also be opened soon, he added.

With the city’s new airport terminal scheduled to start commercial operations from February 12, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will also organise a formal inauguration ceremony of the Sahar elevated corridor. The elevated road has been built to take traffic directly from the Western Express Highway to the new airport terminal.

Similarly, the last leg of the Eastern Freeway — the elevated Panjarpol-Ghatkopar link road — is also likely to be completed in two months, Chavan said, adding the second of the twin tunnels on the freeway was also fully ready.

“Besides, the state government is also taking quick decisions on the finalisation of the transfer policy for slum-dwellers We shall finalise it in this month itself. We are also working towards taking a decision to increase the eligibility cut-off for rehabilitation of slum-dwellers from January 1, 1995, to January 1, 2000,” the Chief Minister said.

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    Rajesh
    Feb 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm
    Reliance better remove it's name from the metro coaches. This metro has used public funds and it is going to be transferred over to the State government after 20 years. It belongs to the city of Mumbai. Reliance has crossed all limits of decency in naming the metro after itself. I know it may have made losses because of the inept government while constructing this metro, but that does not give it any right to name the metro after itself. Mumbai Airport, Mumbai Monorail and it has to be Mumbai Metro. I have already stopped using anything called 'Reliance' in protest, including my electric connection and phone connection and shopping stores. If Reliance removes it's name from the metro and provides an excellent service, it may get a good approval from the citizens and get more contracts in the future. But with this move, I definitely want the BMC and MH State Govt to blacklist Reliance in all future contracts of any kind. Better change yourself Reliance, before it's too late. We, the citizens, are your real customers, not the government.
    Reply
  2. R
    Rajesh
    Feb 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm
    Reliance better remove it's name from the metro coaches. This metro has used public funds and it is going to be transferred over to the State government after 20 years. It belongs to the city of Mumbai. Reliance has crossed all limits of decency in naming the metro after itself. I know it may have made losses because of the inept government while constructing this metro, but that does not give it any right to name the metro after itself. Mumbai Airport, Mumbai Monorail and it has to be Mumbai Metro. I have already stopped using anything called 'Reliance' in protest, including my electric connection and phone connection and shopping stores. If Reliance removes it's name from the metro and provides an excellent service, it may get a good approval from the citizens and get more contracts in the future. But with this move, I definitely want the BMC and MH State Govt to blacklist Reliance in all future contracts of any kind. Better change yourself Reliance, before it's too late. We, the citizens, are your real customers, not the government.
    Reply