Navi Mumbai is all set to get elevated Metro rail by 2013.
The city will have three Metro rail corridors that will be connected to the Mumbai Metro rail service.
The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) has appointed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC) as consultants to prepare a detailed project report on one of the proposed Metro corridors.
A decision on the Metro rail project was taken at the CIDCO Board meeting on Tuesday.
“We had appointed DMRC as consultants for preparing a new master plan for rail-based mass rapid transportation system in the city. They have made certain recommendations that have been approved by the Board,” said CIDCO Chairman Nakul Patil.
“In the first phase, we have taken up the 23.7-km-long Belapur-Kharghar-Taloja-Kalamboli-Mansarovar corridor. DMRC has been asked to prepare a detailed project report on it with information on design and financial mode,” added Patil.
The other two corridors that will be taken up at a later stage are the 18.7-km-long Vashi-Seawoods-Kharkopar-Airport-Panvel corridor and the 13.9-km-long Ranjanpada-Kharkopar-Seawoods corridor.
“The three projects are projected to cost Rs 7,500 crore at today’s prices with the per kilometre cost estimated at Rs 140 crore.”
“DMRC has recommended that the second two corridors be taken up at a later stage as a demand for it does not exist at present. It has recommended a review in 2015,” said Patil.
Giving details of the Belapur-Mansarovar Metro corridor, CIDCO Additional Chief Engineer (Railway Project) Bipinchandra Mehta said, “The detailed project report will be ready in a year and in another six months work on the project can start. It will probably take two years for completion.”
The areas under this corridor are in CIDCO’s jurisdiction and hence there will not be issues of land acquisition or permissions, said Mehta.
For the other two corridors, CIDCO will have to deal with Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
“The first corridor will connect to the link from Mankhurd, the Kharkopar corridor will connect to the Mumbai Trans Harbour link from Sewri to Nhava, while the Ranjanpada corridor will connect to the SEZ,” he added.