The recently approved Metro 5 corridor connecting Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan will give a boost to the proposed Nilje growth centre near Kalyan in future, said officials at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). As the metro rail route will be extended to Taloja in Navi Mumbai in the next phase, it will provide connectivity to the growth centre from the satellite cities.
The MMRDA proposes to develop the growth centre on the lines of Bandra Kurla Complex to improve employment opportunities. While making it an investment destination with commercial centres, it will also include residential complexes.
“When the Metro 5 will later be extended till Taloja it will pass through the Nilje growth centre providing it better connectivity,” said Pravin Darade, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.
The Metro 5 corridor was approved by the state cabinet this week and the MMRDA plans to float tenders in a month and begin work by March next year.
Apart from an existing railway station in Nilje, the growth centre will be connected by the proposed Virar-Alibaug Multimodal corridor.
“A metro is proposed on the Multimodal corridor as well. This will provide another metro connectivity to the growth centre in future,” said a senior MMRDA official.
To be developed on 1,000 hectares, the land will be acquired under the Town Planning Scheme by which the landowners will also be stakeholders in the project, receiving a portion of the developed land.
The MMRDA will hold a meeting with the stakeholders on October 31 to discuss their plans. “We will be engaging in several discussions with the landowners before the actual process of land purchase begins. We hope to complete all formalities with regard to land by next year,” added the official.