Maharashtra has chalked out an ambitious plan of expanding Mumbai’s Metro network to 120 kilometres to cover the entire city in the next five years.
The state government is in talks with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for assistance in chalking out a plan for the construction of Metro corridors.
“As per the existing plan, Metro corridors in the works will be completed by 2021. But my life is only till 2019. I need oxygen by 2019 itself. So, we have approached DMRC as it has expertise in Metro construction to help us plan and execute a Metro network that covers the entire city in five years,” chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said at a real estate conclave organised by Loksatta, the Marathi language daily of the Express Group.
Fadnavis added that DMRC officials will visit next week to give a presentation on creating a 108-km Metro network. So far, Mumbai has just one Metro rail corridor, the 11.4-km elevated Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro, the construction of which was completed in 2014.
Twelve years ago, the Maharashtra government had drafted a master plan for a 146.5-km metro network in Mumbai across nine corridors by 2021. However, the master plan underwent sweeping changes over the years with just the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro being completed so far.