The state government has decided to fast-track the implementation of the Metro-2 (Dahisar-Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd) project, which has been stuck for the past six years.
In order to ensure speedy execution of the 40-km Metro line, the government had divided the Rs12,000-crore project into three parts — Dahisar to DN Nagar, Bandra to Mankhurd and DN Nagar to Bandra — of which, work on the first two was supposed to begin immediately, while the third was put on the backburner owing to opposition from local residents. The government has, however, now decided to build all three parts simultaneously by making changes to the alignment of the DN Nagar to Bandra stretch.
“To ensure good connectivity between the Metro corridors in the city, we have decided to also take up the work on DN Nagar-Bandra stretch immediately. We are going to change its alignment, which will benefit more people,” said Pravin Darade, secretary in the chief minister’s office.
In the past, the elevated Metro-2 failed to take off owing to stiff opposition from residents living along the proposed alignment, along with difficulties in getting environmental clearances. The authorities, thus, decided to build it underground. However, the government returned to its original plan, as building an underground Metro line would result in huge cost escalation.
Meanwhile, the government appointed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to develop the Dahisar-DN Nagar stretch and prepare the detailed project report (DPR) for the Bandra-Mankhurd stretch, which is expected in the next couple of days. The corporation will also be interim consultant for the 18-km Dahisar East-Andheri East line, which will be developed by MMRDA at the cost of Rs5,600 crore. The chief minister Devendra Fadnavis-led urban development department (UDD) has envisaged construction of 172-km of Metro network in and around Mumbai by 2020.