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Mumbai to get Metro-3, better connectivity, but lose 1,154 mangrove trees. Is it a good deal?

Mumbai city news: The green nod to the Metro-3 project has come as good news for MMRC, but the development comes at a price

mumbai Updated: Jun 27, 2017 10:09 IST
Badri Chatterjee
Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
Mumbai city news,Mumbai metro,Mumbai rail connectivity

The Union environment ministry on Monday gave green to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) for construction on two land parcels at Bandra-Kurla Complex and Dharavi for Metro-3 project (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) on Monday.


1,000 mangrove trees

Approximately 1,000 mangrove trees will be felled for the project. The clearance was given only after an agreement with the MMRC that at least 5,000 mangrove trees will be planted as compensation for the lost green cover

A file photo of hacking of mangroves in Versova. (File)

Value of the land

Rs20,000 a sqft: Value of the land next to mangroves in Versova, Andheri and Lokhandwala

Rs10,000 a sqft : Value of the land next to mangroves in Dahisar

Rs13,000 a sqft: Value of the land next to mangroves in Borivli

There’s more:

The BKC station that falls under package 5 of the Metro-3 project plan will affect a total of 154 trees – 79 to be transplanted and 75 to be hacked


27 stations on the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ underground line – Cuffe Parade, Vidhan Bhavan, Churchgate, Hutatma Chowk, CST Metro, Kalbadevi, Girgaum, Grant Road, Mumbai Central Metro, Mahalaxmi, Science Museum, Acharya Atre Chowk, Worli, Siddhivinayak, Dadar, Sitaladevi, Dharavi, BKC, Vidyanagari, Santacruz, Domestic Airport, Sahar Road, International Airport, Marol Naka, MIDC, SEEPZ and Aarey Depot

Metro-3 work in progress. (HT File)

The Metro line will connect central business districts namely Nariman Point, Cuffe Parade (WTC), Fort, Worli/ Lower Parel, Bandra-Kurla Complex, SEEPZ and MIDC

It will allow you easy interchange with other public transport at CST, Churchgate, Mumbai Central, Marol Naka (Metro Line 1), Mahalaxmi (Monorail) and Mumbai Central (State Transport bus depot)

It will also provide better connectivity to the airport.

In the long run, Metro-3 promises to reduce the number of trips made by private vehicles on roads – from 4,56,771 in 2021 to 6,65,468 in 2041

First Published: May 23, 2017 08:33 IST