Metro-III in Mumbai hits heritage hurdle in South Mumbai

MUMBAI: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) ambitious Colaba-Bandra-Seepz metro line has hit a heritage hurdle.

The proposal that has come to the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) for permissions as a few areas through which the proposed metro is suppose to pass has a heritage structures. The MHCC has now formed a sub-committee to seek more details on the project from MMRDA.

A member of the committee said that South Mumbai is packed with heritage structures and the committee wants to understand the impact of the line on these ‘fragile’ buildings.

“Even if the line is underground the vibrations will also have a huge impact on these building and we need to consider all that before approving it,”said a member.

The Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro will be a 33.5-km corridor with 26 underground stations. The project cost is pegged at Rs 23,126 crore.

V Ranganathan, Chairman of the MHCC said that they have asked the MMRDA to come back to the committee with a few more details.

“The maps and details submitted by then didn’t mention the heritage buildings along the line of the metro line. We have also formed a sub-committee who will be taking a look at the project in detail and then decide,’said Ranganathan.

Some of the members said that the MMRDA which plans to embark on such a massive project, hasn’t bothered to come to the committee with detailed maps and plans.

“They have been asked to do this exercise again and come back to us with more details and to tell us how they will ensure that the near by buildings don’t have any effect on this,”said another member.

The centre in its approval for the project given on June 28 estimated that the Mumbai Metro III project is scheduled to be completed in six years by March 2019 from the date of start of work in the financial year 2013-14.