थाने Thane (TNA): The Shiv Sena wants the Wadala-Thane metro to be extended till Dahisar. In addition, the Sena also wants the entire 32-km project to be built underground, as opposed to the plan of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to have a 5-km elevated track from Manpada to Ovala (car shed).
In a meeting with the MMRDA officials last week, senior Sena leader Eknath Shinde suggested that instead of ending the metro at Kasarvadavli on Ghodbunder Road, the authority should extend it till Dahisar so that it caters to commuters travelling from Mumbai to Thane and vice versa. Keeping in mind the population growth in the city and the increasing number of people commuting between Thane and Mumbai on the Godhbunder Road daily, the Sena leaders felt this would be a viable option. Also, as the traffic volume on the route has increased, it has resulted in slow moving vehicles at several stretches.
“Many people commute to Thane from Mumbai and vice versa. So, if the Wadala-Thane metro is extended to Dahisar, instead of making Kasarvadavli the last station, it would benefit many people,” Shinde said.
Appreciating Shinde’s suggestion, U P S Madan, the metropolitan commissioner, and Sanjay Sethi, the joint commissioner of MMRDA, said that the authority may look at the feasibility of extend the connectivity in future.
“At present, the MMRDA will have to go ahead with the current plan. However, in future the administration will consider the feasibility of extending the Metro till Dahisar,” said Madan.
Rail India Technical and Economic Services (Rites) has prepared a detailed survey of the 32-km Wadala-Thane metro project. The project is estimated to cost around Rs 22,000 crore and will have 29 stations, of which 11 will be in the Thane region.
During the meeting, saffron leader from the region, Pratap Sarnaik, also urged the MMRDA to consider making the entire project underground instead of having 5 kms of elevated tracks from Manpada to Ovala.
“The movement of traffic is very high on Ghodbunder road. If MMRDA goes ahead with elevated plan, than it will create hurdles for the administration if it wants to build a flyover in the locality in future,” Sarnaik said.
However, MMRDA officials stated that they have no issue in having the underground transport network, but then the project cost would escalate a lot.
“Once the Metro services are rolled out, the traffic density on this route might ease,” one of the MMRDA officials told Sarnaik.