The chief minister-led city’s development authority Wednesday decided to set aside Rs 35,400 crore to add 118 kilometre more to Mumbai’s Metro rail network by constructing four more corridors, and approved detailed project reports for two phases of the proposed lines.
These Metro corridors would be in addition to the existing 11.4-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro, constructed at Rs 4,321 crore, and the proposed 33.5-km fully-underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro, costing Rs 23,136 crore.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) in a meeting with CM Devendra Fadnavis also approved the detailed project reports for the two new phases — a 16.5-km line from Andheri (East) to Dahisar (East) and an 18.6-km line from Dahisar to DN Nagar. These lines, the project reports for which have been drafted by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), will be portions of the four larger corridors to be constructed.
The Andheri (East) to Dahisar (East) line, estimated to cost Rs 4,737 crore, would be part of a 27-km Dahisar-Andheri-Bandra (East) Metro, while the Dahisar-DN Nagar line, pegged at Rs 4,994 crore, would be part of the larger 40-km Dahisar-Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd Metro, MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar said.
Sanjay Sethi, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner at the MMRDA, said, “The projects will first go to the state cabinet for a decision. One of the projects for which the detailed project report has been approved will be given to the DMRC for execution. We are having a meeting with DMRC for the same this week. That execution of that project can be fast-tracked. For the other line, we will have to complete the process of tendering and selection of bids.”
The authority discussed the civil work of the two lines can be financed through MMRDA’s resources, while external aid can be sought for other aspects such as rolling stock, signalling and so on.
Besides the Dahisar East-Andheri-Bandra East corridor and the Dahisar-Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd Metro,
the MMRDA has also planned a 40-km Thane-Wadala-Kasarvadavali Metro corridor and an 11-km Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road Metro. All the proposed Metro lines will be built in an elevated manner.
The authority has also approved Rs 1,089 crore for the development of a growth centre at Kalyan. About 330 hectare would be developed in the first phase, of which 44 hectare government land would be made available free of cost.
The MMRDA can now begin land acquisition following the authority’s approval.