Less than two years after the chief minister gave his nod to a Monorail within the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided against building it.
The authority is re-evaluating the Monorail because a Bandra-International Airport Metro line that will cover this stretch too is also being planned.
“We are not doing the project because there are plans of building a Metroline from Bandra to the international airport,” Joint Metropolitan Commissioner Ashwini Bhide said.
The BKC, with its high workforce population was seen as a lucrative route for setting up a transportation line. The 9-km stretch from Kala Nagar to Bandra (East) station via the Bharat Diamond Bourse was touted as a means of transport for 40,000 people working in the business hub.
The project was cleared in October 2008. The Monorail was to be built in two phases. The first stretch, 4-km long, was to be from Kala Nagar to Bharat Diamond Bourse and the second from the diamond bourse to Bandra (East) station, 5 km away. The cost of the project was estimated to be Rs 1,125 crore.
The MMRDA is planning to set up a nine-route Monorail network covering 178.54 km expected to be completed by 2021.
The MMRDA has also been contemplating scrapping the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Monorail because studies suggested the agency will earn less that it invests.
The MMRDA is now planning to build a Bhiwandi-Kalyan line, instead.
“Infrastructure projects in Mumbai are being planned poorly. The authorities have a habit of running after big ticket projects without analysing their impact,” transport expert Ashok Datar said.