The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), which is currently undertaking a pre-construction survey of buildings across the 33.5-km Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ corridor, has chalked out a plan to relocate the residents of ‘critical’ buildings to hotels, while the tunneling work for the underground Metro corridor is ongoing. The tunneling is expected to start by October.
As part of the survey, the MMRC will monitor structures that fall within the potential zone of influence of the construction. “We will install specific monitoring instruments on structures and monitor them periodically. For instance, if we find that a crack has surfaced on a structure, we will install an instrument to tell us is if it is widening. This will ensure the safety of the structure in general,” a senior MMRC official said.
Corporation officials said most of the old and dilapidated buildings are situated in south Mumbai, particularly in the Girgaum-Kalbadevi belt.
The MMRC, which had faced stiff opposition from the residents of this belt, has to rehabilitate 651 project-affected families (PAFs) from the area. It must also rehabilitate 2,156 other PAFs that will be affected by the project.
The MMRC official said the corporation wants to avoid any untoward incidents during construction, keeping in mind the large number of dilapidated buildings in the area. “We plan to move the residents of critical buildings — from south Mumbai or elsewhere along the alignment — to hotels, if our survey and monitoring indicates that we should. This is a precautionary move as we do not want to risk any lives,” he said. The corporation will bear the expenses incurred during the residents’ hotel stay, the official said.
The Metro 3 corridor will provide crucial north-south rail connectivity and will supplement the overburdened suburban rail network. It will link key business districts such as MIDC and SEEPZ in Andheri to the plush business district of Bandra-Kurla Complex, and Nariman Point. The corridor will be commissioned in two phases. The first — between SEEPZ in Andheri (East) and BKC — is expected to be commissioned by December 2020. Phase 2 will be commissioned by December 2021.