In the next few months, the city will be a step closer to getting Metro lines that will make travelling in the suburbs and to Thane and beyond faster and easier.
Ten firms have showed interest in building the DN Nagar – Mankhurd (Metro-2B) corridor and the Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali (Metro-4) corridor.
Once the bids are finalised, construction of two more metro lines will begin in Mumbai.
Metro-2B is the second phase of the Metro-2 line, which will run from Dahisar to Mankhurd. The first phase, Metro-2A, between Dahisar and DN Nagar, is already under construction. Two other Metro lines — Metro-3 (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz) and Metro-7 (Dahisar East-Andheri East) are also under construction.
Once ready, both Metro-2B and Metro-4 will be essential connectors, as they will be linked to other metro and suburban railway stations.
Metro-2B will make east-west travel in Mumbai’s crowded suburbs a lot more comfortable, while Metro-4 will connect to the functioning Metro 1 line at Ghatkopar and to the Thane suburban train station and significantly cut travel time for commuters from Thane and beyond.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority said it got good response for the two projects, with companies such as Larsen & Toubro, Afcons Infrastructure, J Kumar, Simplex, Reliance Infra and ITD Cementation, among others, expressing interest. Senior MMRDA officials said the bidding process will be done by July, and construction of both corridors will start after the monsoon.
“We are working at a fast pace. As soon as bidding is done, contractors will be asked to mobilise their resources so they can start work from October,” said an MMRDA official.
The construction of the 23.5-km Metro 2B corridor has been divided into four packages — ESIC Nagar to Khira Nagar, Saraswat Nagar to ILFS, MTNL Metro to Chembur, Diamond Garden to Mandale. The estimated cost of Metro 2B is Rs10,986 crore. Work on the 32-km Metro-4 line has been divided into five — Wadala to Amar Mahal, Garodia Nagar to Surya Nagar, Gandhi Nagar to Sonapur, Mulund Fire Station to Majiwada and Kapurbawdi to Kasarvadavali. The estimated cost is Rs14,549 crore.