Residents of western suburbs demand clarity on metro routes’ development

MUMBAI: It is true that the proposed Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd metro line (CBM) is not on execution agenda of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for the last couple of years except for writing letters to developers to start the work. However it is unfair for MMRDA to give persistently untrue reasons of Project’s inability to commence, said Nitin Killawala, who is one of the orchestrators of the strong opposition to metro line’s elevated corridor as being the proponent of underground metro through the city’s congested suburbs. Killawala wants MMRDA to come clear on the growing demand from western suburbs to make the line underground and combine it with the third metro route.

It is now almost two and half years that the Bombay High Court has directed MMRDA vide its order dated 2nd December 2010 to comply with all statutory permissions including that of Union ministry of environment and forest (MoEF), and the coastal regulation zone (CRZ).

“MMRDA is fully aware that none of the permissions are possible to obtain as much as foolish to even apply for the same. It is also shocking to note that MMRDA still allocates some funds for this misplaced project year after ye, and no one knows what has happened to Rs. 138.00 Crores budgetted during last Financial Year and much more in three to four preceding years,” said Killawala in a press statement issued here. In the new year budget the MMRDA has allocated Rs 10 crore to CBM elevated route which according to some officials is on the verge of getting scrapped due to growing demand for underground route.

“On the other side it is now over 14 months that MMRDA received suggestion / objection in which it was strongly debated to combine Metroline 3 with 2 – totally underground between Colaba and Dahisar. As yet nothing is known about this suggestion and its further plan of action,” said Killawala.