Maharashtra Cabinet approves two New Metro Rail routes for Mumbai

The state cabinet on Tuesday approved two new metro routes for the city. Metro-6 will run through Swami Samarth Nagar (Andheri-west)-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli and Metro-5 will connect the metropolitan region of Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan. The cabinet approved the metro-5 route, while it has principally approved metro-6 as well but can ask for a detailed project report to be prepared.

MUMBAI: In a major move to improve transport network in Mumbai, the Maharashtra government today approved two more metro rail lines with an aggregate value of Rs 15,088 crore, linking major industrial and commercial hubs in and around the metropolis.

The state cabinet on Tuesday approved two new metro routes for the city. Metro-6 will run through Swami Samarth Nagar (Andheri-west)-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli and Metro-5 will connect the metropolitan region of Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan. The cabinet approved the metro-5 route, while it has principally approved metro-6 as well but can ask for a detailed project report to be prepared.

The metro-6 corridor which will be fully elevated and is 14.47 km in length, will have 13 stations. The project is likely to be constructed by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. There will be an uninterrupted metro network connecting the suburbs as the proposed metro 6 line will be an extension to the metro-2 A (Dahisar-DN Nagar) corridor which is also being constructed. These two metro corridors put together will result into a continous 33 km-long metro network connecting the east to west in the city.

“This corridor will connect business hubs like SEEPZ , L&T and IIT Powai area. It is expected to be completed by 2021 and nearly 6.5 lakh commuters are likely to use in on a daily basis,” said an official. The minimum ticket price will be Rs 10 and the maximum will be Rs 30.

The car depot for this project has been planned at Kanjurmarg. The project cost has been estimated to be Rs 6716 crore of which Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will be giving Rs 3195 crore and the state government funding Rs 1820 crore, the remaining Rs 1700 crore will be raised as loans.

Similarly, the Metro-5 corridor (Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalway) will be connecting the neighbouring cities to Mumbai. The corridor which will 23.50 km long which 16 stations. The total cost of the project is Rs 8240 crore and by 2021 when the project is completed, 2.3 lakh people are expected to use the corridor. This metro will also be connected by two other proposal metro routes, Metro-4 (Wadala-Thane-Kasarwadavli) and Metro-11 (Taloja-Kalyan).

According to officials in the next 4-5 years a total of 360 km long metro network will be completed across the state, most of which will be in Mumbai and adjoining cities.

“Our government has accelerated the pace at which we want Mumbai to develop at. In the last three years we have approved nearly double the number of metro projects which the previous government didn’t in 10 years,” said state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.

These will be the 5th, which will extend up to the powerloom town of Bhiwandi in Thane district, and 6th metro lines.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the nodal agency for development of the metro network in the megapolis, had proposed the construction of a 24km Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan metro-5 corridor and 14.5 km Swami Samarth Nagar-Jogeshwari-Kanjurmarg-Vikhroli metro-6.

The state cabinet approved the two elevated corridor projects, a statement issued by the Chief Ministers Office (CMO) said.

The 6th metro line will link the Western suburbs with their Eastern counterparts. This will be the second West-East metro corridor after the already operational Versova-Andheri- Ghatkopar section, it added.

Both the approved metro corridors, designed for operating 6-coach trains, link major industrial and commercial hubs along their routes, the release said.

The 24km long and Rs 8,416 crore worth Thane-Bhiwandi -Kalyan corridor will be completely elevated and have 17 stations. Each train running on the corridor is expected to clock daily ridership of around 2.29 lakh by 2021.

Thane district guardian minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who had been pressing for the Thane-Kalyan- Bhiwandi metro 5 link, thanked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for approving the project. He is Minister for Public Works Department (state PSUs).

The 17 proposed stations on this corridor are Kalyan APMC, Kalyan station, Sahajanand Chowk, Durgadi fort, Kon Gaon, Gove Gaon MIDC, Rajnouli village, Temghar, Gopal Nagar, Bhiwandi, Dhamankar Naka, Anjur Phata, Purna, Kalher, Kasheli, Balkumbh Naka and Kapurbawdi.

The project is expected to be completed within 41 months (by 2021) and the frequency of metro trains on the route will be one train every five minutes, the release said.

The metro 5 corridor will eventually connect with the metro 4 line of Wadala-Thane-Kasarwadavli and metro 11 corridor between Taloja and Kalyan.

The initial minimum fare on the route will be Rs 10 and maximum Rs 50. The project will be implemented by MMRDA.

The 14.5 km long metro 6 corridor is expected to cost Rs 6,672 crore and will have 13 stations on the route.

These stations are: Swami Samarth Nagar, Adarsh Nagar, Momin Nagar, JVLR, Shyam Nagar, Maha Kali Caves, SEEPZ village, Saki Vihar Road, Ram Baug, Powai Lake, IIT Powai, Kanjurmarg West and Vikhroli on the Eastern Express Highway (EEH).

The much needed West-East corridor will link the hitherto not connected areas like JVLR, SEEPZ, Saki Vihar Road, Powai Lake, IIT Powai and Kanjurmarg. Besides this, the metro 6 corridor will connect the S V Road, Western Express Highway, Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road, L B S Road and Eastern Express Highway.

MMRDA, in its meeting in August 2015, and later the state cabinet, at its meeting held in October 2015, approved the expansion of the metro network to 118 km long elevated corridor.

The metro 6 corridor earlier was planned to link Jogeshwari-Vikhroli to Kanjurmarg. However, it was extended in the west to Swami Samarth Nagar linking metro corridor 2 and the entire western suburbs.

The 18.6 km metro 2-A route is between Dahisar East to D N Nagar in Andheri East. By linking this corridor with metro 6, the entire corridor length becomes 33 km nd will be implemented by Delhi Metro Corporation. The route will have its car depot at Kanjurmarg.

Out of the total Rs 6,716 crore project cost of metro 6r, MMRDAs share is Rs 3,195 crore and the state governments Rs 1,820 crore. The rest, Rs 1,700 crore, will be loan component.

The metro 6 corridor will be linked with the Western and Central Railways suburban network, metro 2-A (Dahisar-D N Nagar), Metro 7 (Dahisar-Andheri), Metro 4 (Wadala-Thane- Kasarwadavli) and metro 3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) corridors, thus creating the longest metro corridor in the MMR (Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

The initial minimum fare on the metro 6 route will be Rs.10 and maximum at Rs.30.

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