This may prove to be yet another reason to pick satellite city, Navi Mumbai, as your home. The planned city may soon get its very own Metro corridor.
City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the planning authority for Navi Mumbai took an in-principle decision on Tuesday to build two metro lines to provide horizontal connectivity. The decision was taken at an Executive Board meeting of CIDCO.
“We will get consent from the government. But, the Board has granted its approval so there will not be any hitch. The project will be funded by CIDCO; the work order for the first phase of the Metro should be out by March,” said an official present at the meeting.
The two lines of the Metro will run across 23 km and 19 stations, in a triangular arc from Belapur, Navi Mumbai’s central business district, to Khandeshwar near New Panvel and then to Pendhar near Taloja.
The metro corridor run on standard gauge will be built in two phases. The first elevated route with estimated cost of Rs 1,694 crore will be till Khandeshwar. The next route till Pendhar will cost around Rs 1,400 crore. The state’s Urban Development Department will issue a notification barring constructions along this corridor.
“Navi Mumbai Metro is likely to get build before Mumbai. They don’t have land acquisition problems and the agency is a single authority so there are no issues of coordination,” said senior official from Mantralaya.
CIDCO has senior bureaucrats like UDD secretaries T.C. Benjamin, Manu Kumar Srivastav, MMRDA Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad, Navi Mumbai Commissioner V.S. Nahata and MD Cidco G.S. Gill as its board directors. CIDCO was incorporated under the Indian Companies Act to develop the new metro centre, Navi Mumbai and decongest Mumbai.