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Make Metro 2B underground: Mumbai residents tell government

Mumbai city news: Residents and engineers, worried about the line adding to traffic jams in the crowded suburb, have sent a plan to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority

mumbai Updated: Jul 15, 2017 11:25 IST
Geetanjali Gurlhosur

What if the Metro connecting Bandra and Mankhurd runs underground?

Residents and engineers, worried about the line adding to traffic jams in the crowded suburb, have sent a plan to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

The Metro 2B line from DN Nagar to Mandale in Mankhurd is currently planned as an entirely overground corridor, but residents from Bandra, Khar and Santacruz said this would not only aggravate the traffic problem on SV Road , but also affect the road and structures along the stretch.

Residents took the help of experts and architects to propose an underground line.

Metro 2B has been planned to bring the eastern and western suburbs closer and reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

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But residents said the corridor, with 22 stations, will run over existing infrastructure, such as skywalks and flyovers, the Mithi river and disrupt school grounds and other open spaces.

“We have suggested three solutions that will not only reduce the distance between Kurla and Mankhurd by 1.5km, but also avoid hurdles in the way”, said architect Nitin Killawala, who worked on the plan with architect Jaffer Jhaveri and a few other experts.

Jhaveri told HT, “We want the metro to be underground as a line above will create bottlenecks on the roads, especially where there are stations. The structure will also reduce the amount of ventilation buildings on the line get. An underground line will be easier to expand later and it will provide seamless connectivity.”

The MMRDA, however, said it was too late to consider the proposal now. MMRDA commissioner UPS Madan said, “Tenders for the work have already been received. We are in the process of awarding the work to a contractor.”

In a meeting on Wednesday, residents and Bandra corporators decided they would hold a protest if their proposal is not heard by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in a week.

The Trustee of H/West Federation, Anandini Thakoor, said, “We have presented this to our MLA and MMRDA officials, but the CM is not ready to give us time. I have written to schools in the area, and the children will join our protests.”

Bandra MLA and BJP Mumbai unit chief, Ashish Shelar, said he has requested for a meeting with the CM.

“The government will take a call if the alternative is financially possible. But, protesting will not resolve anything”, Shelar said.