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Metro-3 stations to showcase Mumbai’s rich culture, heritage

Senior MMRCL officials said the planning team is currently fine tuning the Mumbai stations’ designs to bring in heritage aspects

mumbai Updated: Dec 16, 2017 23:21 IST
Tanushree Venktaraman
Tanushree Venktaraman
Hindustan Times
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The line connecting South Mumbai to the western suburbs will pass through areas with historic relevance, such as Hutatma Chowk, areas known for their rich culture such as Dadar, Worli and Girgaum and religious places such as Sitladevi, the Siddhivinayak temple and Mahalakshmi. (HT File )

The Metro-3 (Colaba-Seepz-Bandra) line will not only give Mumbaiites a smooth commute, but a lesson in the city’s history and culture too, according to officials.

The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) — the authority implementing the city’s first fully underground Metro line — plans to highlight historic aspects of each of the 27 areas where the Metro stations will be built.

The line connecting South Mumbai to the western suburbs will pass through areas with historic relevance, such as Hutatma Chowk, areas known for their rich culture such as Dadar, Worli and Girgaum and religious places such as Sitladevi, the Siddhivinayak temple and Mahalakshmi.

Senior officials said the planning team is currently fine tuning the stations’ designs to bring in these aspects. The Kalbadevi, Mumbai Central and Churchgate stations will include aspects related to the city’s rich heritage, while stations at Dharavi and Worli will include aspects associated with the city’s first inhabitants — the fisherfolk.

Now known as Asia’s largest slum, Dharavi was once a fishing village, which attracted those in search of a livelihood.

“The Metro-3 corridor passes through a large part of the city. Different areas have different attributes, which our team will highlight as part of the stations’ designs,” said Ashwini Bhide, managing director, MMRCL.

Metro-3 is a 33.5-km-long corridor, 14% of which has been built. Officials said work on 25 stations is underway. By the end of December 2018, MMRCL aims to complete the work. Two weeks ago, tunnelling activity for the line began at Azad Maidan.

Work on the Metro-7 line will also be designed in a similar way. In November, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), executing the Dahisar East - Andheri East corridor, had announced a competition to design 14 elevated stations. Officials said the designs must bring out the iconic features of the areas which the stations will pass through. A senior MMRDA official said the authority is currently looking at the designs submitted.

First Published: Dec 16, 2017 23:21 IST