At least five SoBo buildings set to face axe for Metro 3 project

  • Saurabh Katkurwar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 22, 2015 00:40 IST

At least five buildings in south Mumbai’s Kalbadevi and Girgaum areas will have to be demolished to make way for stations of the fully-underground Metro 3 line between Colaba and Seepz.

Five to six buildings will have to be demolished completely for construction of the stations, said officials of the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), a company jointly formed by the state government and the Centre.

MMRC’s managing director Ashwini Bhide said, “These crowded areas have narrow lanes that leave no space for construction. We need to make space by acquiring private buildings. We have identified around eight dilapidated buildings, of which five to six will have to be demolished. The list will be finalised in the coming weeks.”

As the line is underground, the MMRC will need large plots near some proposed metro stations for tunnelling machines to start digging. It also needs free space for ventilation shafts and entry-exit points for the stations. The 33.5-km long Colaba- Bandra- Seepz (CBS) metro corridor will have 27 underground stations.

Once construction is completed, the remaining land from the acquired plots can be used by the government, officials said.

The company said it will buy houses from Mhada and the civic authority to resettle the displaced families. It will also compensate the project-affected under provisions of the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act. Between 1,500 and 2,000 slum-dwellers will need rehabilitation, according to MMRC’s estimation.

The offices of the state government near Vidhan Sabha that will be affected by the metro line could be shifted to spaces in World Trade Centre, MTNL Telephone Exchange office or the Mumbai Port Trust MbPT area.

“We found there was unoccupied office space in MbPT, WTC and MTNL Telephone Exchange, so we approached them. We will submit a proposal to the general administration department, which will take the final decision on relocation,” said a senior MMRC official, requesting anonymity.

Residential properties in MbPT could also be used to temporarily rehabilitate project affected persons.

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