Days after Hindustan Times reported about the hurdles being faced by the elevated Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd metro line, members of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority made a fresh pitch for the underground Metro in the city.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ashish Shelar, who is part of the 28-member authority — governing body of the MMRDA — raised the pitch for an underground Metro and claimed that the it would be beneficial to the city in the long run. The authority is presided over by the chief minister.
“We demanded that the MMRDA should build an underground Metro because it is far more beneficial than an elevated line which has created numerous hardships for residents of the city,” Shelar said.
Shelar also claimed that the elevated line was facing numerous problems of getting clearances and it made sense to opt for an underground line.
The Hindustan Times, on March 4, had reported about the problems the Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd metro line was facing.
The line has still not got environmental clearance for Charkop and Mankhurd depots and the the Airport Authority of India has also not acceded to the demand of allowing construction of an elevated line along Juhu Airport.
A section of the bureaucrats are now seriously contemplating opting for an underground line on this stretch. “A lot of members raised the issue of going underground. The chief minister has, however, said that we first need to sort out the issue of getting the environmental clearance for the two car depots which will be required for either an elevated or an underground metro,” metropolitan commissioner Rahul Asthana said.
Shelar, meanwhile, said the CM had assured the authority members that he would think positively on building an underground Metro line after clearances from the environment ministry were received.