मुंबई Mumbai: The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) Metro Line 3, construction for which is to begin from March next year, will result in permanent displacement of more than 600 people living in 26 buildings in Kalbadevi and Girgaum area for Metro stations.
The Girgaum station will cause a major chunk of the displacement with 355 residents living in eight buildings to be relocated. Kalbadevi will see 294 residents living in 18 buildings who would be given alternative homes. MMRCL Managing Director Ashwini Bhide said that given the scale of the project, the displacement has been minimised and no resident will be forced to evict their home against their will.
She said, “The Metro-3 is a unique line as it will be running through densely populated areas in the city. We have also assured the residents that they will not be forced to vacate their homes until we reach an amicable agreement about relocation. We are trying to locate these residents in areas as close as we can from their original place of residence in both Kalbadevi and Girgaum.”
Ms Bhide also said that the MMRCL was already in talks with Mhada, MMRDA and MbPT.
“As far as shifting the residents is concerned nothing will go ahead without public consultation,” she said.
Both Girgaum and Kalbadevi Metro stations will be located at Jagannath Shankar Sheth Road and will be cut & cover stations, which means that the train can be seen from the sides when it halts at the station. Ms Bhide also announced that the entire project has been given a deadline of 2020.
“We will start the tendering processes by June for which we have already received interest from nine companies. We will be going through the bid process and allotting tenders after this monsoon,” she said.
Metro-3 is going to be an equal partnership venture between the state and Central governments.