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Airports authority to give land for Metro-7 car shed at Dahisar in Mumbai

The AAI and MMRDA will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on April 24 to formalise the handing over of 40 acres near the toll naka at Dahisar to MMRDA

mumbai Updated: Apr 23, 2017 01:50 IST
Swapnil Rawal
Locating and securing a plot to construct a car depot for the city’s Metro rail projects has been a challenge.
Locating and securing a plot to construct a car depot for the city’s Metro rail projects has been a challenge.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will hand over a part of its plot at Dahisar for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to build a car depot for the proposed Metro -7 corridor (Andheri East to Dahisar East).

According to an official, the AAI and MMRDA will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on April 24 to formalise the handing over of 40 acres near the toll naka at Dahisar to MMRDA.

The plot houses a high-frequency receiving station of AAI. According to a source, the station is a crucial base that ensures uninterrupted communications for the smooth movement of aircraft.

“AAI had agreed to shift its operations and give MMRDA the plot. Now we are formalising it and are going to sign an MoU on the April 24. It is a big step in the project,” said Pravin Darade, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA.

Darade said that in exchange for the 40 acres, MMRDA has given them land at Gorai to set up a receiving station. “Once they shift their station, they will vacate the plot in Dahisar,” he added.

Locating and securing a plot to construct a car depot for the city’s Metro rail projects has been a challenge.

Metro corridors, including the operational Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor, the proposed Metro-II (first planned as Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd) and Metro-III (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ), all had problems in securing land for car depots. A senior MMRDA official said, “The car depot is the nerve centre for any metro project. Even if you build an entire corridor and get the best bogies, unless a depot is finalised and constructed, operations cannot commence.”

The construction of the 16.5-km corridor is progressing rapidly and has moved into the second stage.

The MMRDA will soon float bids for the procurement of bogies for the corridor. Metro-7 is expected to cost Rs6,208 crore.