Even as work on five metro rail corridors in the city is in various stages of execution, the state government is now likely to give nod to two more metro corridors.
The detailed project reports (DPR) of the Lokhandwala-Kanjurmarg corridor (Metro 6) and the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan (Metro 5) are ready and were approved by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) last year. According to senior officials, the state cabinet is likely to approve the two corridors this month.
“The DPRs of the two corridors have been submitted and it now requires a nod from the cabinet, following which we will commence the tendering procedure,” said UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA. A senior state government bureaucrat said, “The MMRDA approved these two corridors in October last year, so they are likely to be cleared sometime during this month’s state cabinet meeting.”
Mumbai has poor east-west connectivity and only has one metro corridor that connects the eastern suburbs with the western. Now,for the city will get a boost its east-west connectivity with the 14.47-km Metro-6 corridor, which will connect Lokhandwala and Kanjurmarg via Jogeshwari. According to the DPR, the Metro 6 corridor, which will go via the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR), will have 13 stations along the route.
In a bid to give a boost to cities in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), the regional planning body has extended the metro network in the MMR. The 24-km Metro-5 corridor will connect Thane and Kalyan via the power loom town of Bhiwandi. The corridor will have 17 stations. “The estimated cost of Metro 6 is Rs6,672 crore, while Metro 5 is estimated to cost around Rs8,416 crore,” an official said.
Financing for both these corridors has not yet been tied up. Like other Metro corridors planned in the city, the state government will fund the projects with loans from multilateral funding agencies.
The two elevated corridors will have interchanges with existing, under-construction metro corridors and also with the suburban railway network in the city. According to the DRP, authorities are expecting a daily ridership of 2.293 lakh on Metro-5 corridor in 2021 and a daily ridership of 6.5 lakh on Metro-6 corridor in the same year.
The civil construction of the city’s three Metro corridor — Metro 2A (Dahisar-DN Nagar corridor), Metro-7 (Dahisar east-Andheri east) corridor and Metro-3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) corridor — is currently underway. While the civil construction of Metro 2B (DN Nagar-BKC-Mankhurd) corridor and Metro-4 (Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali) corridor is expected to start by October. Altogether, the Fadnavis-led government has planned 172km of metro network in city.
The state has not yet formalised loan agreements for any of these projects with civil work being undertaken using MMRDA funds.