Ghatkopar (GC): Finally, the Ghatkopar railway station can be integrated with Ghatkopar metro station as the land row between the Central Railway and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is on a verge of getting resolved.
The integration of both the stations will be done by linking them with a skywalk on the western side of Ghatkopar railway station. The first metro rail of Mumbai stretching 11.4 km will connect Versova with Ghatkopar via Andheri railway station.
“After a meeting with the general manager of Central Railway, the land issue is seen to be getting resolved. We will be paying a certain amount to the railway for the construction work,” said UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA. The railway authorities have issued a bill of Rs.18 crore that still needs to be paid.
Last month it had been reported how station integration had been delayed due to problems between the development authority and the railway. Around 1200 square metres of the land has been used by the Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) – consortium comprising of MMRDA, Reliance Infrastructure and Veolia, to erect the metro station building.
It is only earlier this year, the railway officials realised that the road (land) parallel to the railway on the western side is owned by them. This resulted in Ghatkopar skywalk not being connected with the already prepared metro station. As a result, the commuters would have faced a lot of hardship by walking of the foot overbridge only to climb stairs of the metro station and vice-a-versa.
The MMRDA has now approached their counterparts asking for the premium amount, once the amount is paid, the station integration can be carried out.
On the other hand, the MMOPL authorities are waiting for speed, oscillation and brake test certificate from the Research Design and Standards Organisation. Those test were completed by February 12, after testing the systems for 11 days. The reports are likely to be ready by this week.
Thereafter, commissioner for metro rail safety will initiate their round of safety tests and will submit their report.