ONE OF the two car depots for Metro line 4 will be constructed on a private land in Thane’s Kasarwadavali by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). A notification on the land use for the same will soon be released by MMRDA, sources told The Indian Express.
In the past, MMRDA had tried many options for building two car sheds for the Metro line 4, which will connect Wadala-Ghatkoper-Thane and Kasarwadavali. Amongst the various options mulled over by MMRDA included plots in Wadala, Aarey Colony and Gaimukh Nagar in Thane. While MMRDA is still in talks with different central and state agencies to acquire a plot of land in Wadala or its nearby areas to build a car shed in Mumbai, for its Thane leg it has now decided to acquire a private land.
Metro 4 was initially planned from Wadala to Kasawadawali. The length of the corridor was 32.3 km and the cost was pegged at Rs 14,549 crore. Later, MMRDA extended it to Gaymukh in Thane and to GPO on the southern side in Mumbai. But for such a wide network, MMRDA needs two depots to accommodate the rakes. According to MMRDA’s estimates, the corridor, passing through Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Marg and PD’Mello Road, will cater to 7 lakh passengers a day, making it one of the busiest Metro.
Senior official from MMRDA said they had examined the proposed site and were of the view that it was suitable for the construction of a car shed. A total area of 20 hectare will be acquired and a notification on the same will be issued soon. “We want to check if the land is free of any encumbrance and has a clear title,” said an official privy to the development while speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Earlier in March, MMRDA had sought for 15 hectare of land in Chembur for its Mumbai leg from Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers (RCF). However a senior official from the agency told The Indian Express that RCF had expressed its reservation as it already had plans to use the said land.
Barricading for Metro line 4 has started and construction work will begin by this month-end, sources added. “Once completed, Metro 4 will take away a huge load from the central local railway and will also connect Wadala with central suburbs and the island city. With the state government giving rights to MMRDA to develop Wadala as the next business district, this infrastructure would be a must,” the official explained.