There is some good news in store for over 2 million Navi Mumbai residents. The City Industrial Development Corporation of India (CIDCO) has decided to expedite construction of the New Mumbai Metro and is now looking for contractors, who will build 11 stations on the CBD Belapur to Pendhar route.
The proposed Metro line will considerably ease travel woes of those living in Navi Mumbai, which has seen an exponential growth in population in the past few years and is expected to touch 5-million mark by 2031.
And as the city spreads out, there is a greater need for improving public transport systems in the area, which will also see the construction of the Navi Mumbai airport.
The 10.79-km long proposed Metro line, worth Rs2,000 crore, will have eleven stations located between CBD Belapur and Pendhar. CIDCO plans to build this project on a cash-contract basis, which it will fund through its own resources and the agency had already floated tenders for construction of the elevated viaduct on which the Metro will run. The Rs340-cr contract will be awarded by end of March.
In an attempt to expedite construction, the agency has decided to look out for interested bidders. “We are now looking at contractors, who will construct these 11 Metro stations. These stations will cost us around Rs230 crore,” CIDCO’s additional chief engineer railway project BB Mehta said. CIDCO officials are expecting to begin work on this project by year-end.
“We are aiming to complete this project in three years,” a senior CIDCO official said.
The agency still has to look out for suppliers of Metro coaches and is yet to finalise whom to award this Rs2,000-cr project to run. After successful completion of trial runs, it will be ready for use by 2016.
Other two Metro lines in Navi Mumbai — 8.15-km long stretch from Khandeshwar to Taloje MIDC and 2.2-km interlink from Taloje MIDC to Pendhar — are still in the planning stage.