The car depot for the Metro-3 will be set up at Kanjurmarg instead of Aarey Colony, as chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday accepted the report of the expert committee that suggested Kanjurmarg as a viable alternative.
The committee, which was appointed by Fadnavis after environmentalists and citizens raised strong objections to building the depot at Aarey, has said the government should also keep the option of a double-decker car depot at Aarey, if the Kanjurmarg land was not made available in three months because of pending litigation. “The land at Kanjurmarg will be made available for the car depot. In case it is not available, the double decker depot will be an option, which could see less than 500 trees being cut. As of now, we have approved Kanjurmarg as an option for the depot,” Fadnavis told HT in a text message.
“As suggested by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, the consultant for the proposed Metro network, the double-decker depot could be redesigned. This will, however, lead to a hike of Rs750 crore in the project cost. However, both options will ensure implementation of the project without any delay and also need the minimum number of trees to be cut,” the report stated.
MMRC managing director Ashwini Bhide said, “We are hopeful of getting possession of the Kanjurmarg land soon.”
Sources said the committee has also recommended the merger of Metro-3, which is planned from Colaba to Seepz, with the proposed JVLR-Kanjurmarg metro line.
The MMRC will require about 40 hectares at Kanjurmarg, as the number of metro rakes will be 55 after the merger of the two lines. The MMRC has requested the committee to allot a small plot at Aarey. “We will need land at Aarey to park some metro rakes as we cannot take operational risks by keeping all metro rakes at Kanjurmarg, 40km away from Colaba,” said a source close to the development.