Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-III route to shrink open spaces in Mumbai

मुंबई Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is likely to lose several open spaces, parking lots, fire brigade centre and an arm depot for the construction of Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-III route. The move is likely to face a stiff opposition from open space lovers and citizens.

The Mumbai Metrol Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), which is implementing the project, has demanded 17 plots from the civic body for building the 33.5-km long line. The state government has asked the civic body to provide these places for the construction of the partly underground and elevated route.

“The government has announced the Metro-III project as an urgent and important public urban transport project. The plots will be given at a nominal rent of Rs.1 per each plot for a period of 11 months,” said a senior civic official.

According to civic sources, places at Colaba Woods Garden, Cuffe Parade, Bhatia Baug, CST, Nariman Point fire brigade centre, Vidhan Bhavan, Rotary Udyan, Churchgate, parking lot opposite Eros Cinema, Churchgate, Hutatma Chowk Udyan, parking lot at Hutatma Chowk, BMC education department office, Grant Road, area near Sane Guruji and Nair Road Chowk, Mahalaxmi Metro, behind Siddhivinayak Mandir; Science Centre, Senapati Bapat Marg and Dr E Moses Road Chowk, Worli, Acharya Atre Chowk, BMC engineering hub, Worli, Marol Naka, Marol Village Road and Marol Naka, Marol Fire Brigade will be given to MMRCL for the Metro-III project.

They will use them to construct metro stations, inward-outward rooms, ventilation shafts, godowns and depots and TBM launching purposes.

While the BMC has agreed to provide 14 plots, it has expressed its inability to provide the land at Nair Dental Hospital. The other two plots can be given to the MMRCL after due deliberations with parties concerned, said civic officials.

“As far as other three plots are concerned, the one at Nair Dental Hospital is used for LPG chamber. It is also reserved for the expansion of Nair Hospital. Hence the civic body cannot provide the plot to the MMRCL,” said the official.

The plot near Sasmira Institute, Worli, has been given by the market department to a private party for redevelopment. We will have to seek an opinion from the law department for the further action. The plot at Science Museum at Lower Parel is under the state government’s control. The MMRCL will have to pursue the matter with the state government, he added.