The Maharashtra government is expected to give the go-ahead to two Metro lines on Thursday at a meeting of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), chaired by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Topmost on the agenda at the urban planning body’s meeting includes clearance to the Dahisar-Bandra-Mankhurd corridor and the Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali corridor.
Moving away from its earlier plans, the alignment of these corridors has been changed. For example, Metro 2 was initially planned till Charkop, but has now been extended till Dahisar.
Underground proposals are likely for both corridors, with MMRDA looking at financing the projects through loans instead of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.
The first Metro corridor Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar is operational and the third corridor Colaba-Bandra-Seepz is on its way. All the corridors will together cover 114-km of the city, linking central business districts.
“The final decision on how to implement the projects will be taken by the state government. We are proposing contract instead of PPP model as there are various financing options open,” said a senior MMRDA official. “While the Dahisar-Mankhurd corridor will be completely underground, the Wadala-Thane corridor is proposed to be partially underground.”
The chief minister’s office (CMO) had sought a review of the two Metro lines this week, given that the chief minister is keen on fast-tracking both these projects and getting them commissioned by mid-2015.
MMRDA will seek clearance for the two remaining Metro corridors on Thursday at a meeting chaired by chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Metro 2 project
The 40-km long Dahisar-Bandra-Mankhurd corridor with 37 stations has been proposed as completely underground and is estimated to cost Rs. 28,900 crore.
MMRDA will propose that it be built by giving out a contract instead of PPP model, but a final decision will be taken in the authority’s meeting.
Metro 5 project
The 30.8-km long Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane corridor with around 30 stations is also proposed as a partially underground route.
It is estimated to cost Rs. 22,000 crore. World Bank is expected to give loans for the project, MMRDA is not looking at PPP model but a final decision will be taken at the meeting.