Thane Metro project work might start this year: Devendra Fadnavis

Thane MetroThane: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday assured Thanekars that their much-awaited Metro Rail dream would be realised soon. The CM said that work on Thane Metro might begin this year itself and the project would be completed in time-bound manner.

The CM, who inaugurated the renovated Town Hall and Amphitheater in Thane, said at the function, “Our government is committed to the speedy development of Thane. We are making all efforts to start the work on the proposed Thane Metro project this year itself and there shall be no inordinate delay in the completion of the project.”

The project’s route stretches from Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali. The 32-km-long Metro corridor will have 24 underground and six elevated stations. It is among the four Metro projects for which the MMRDA last week sanctioned the expenditure of Rs 35,400 crore. Out of this, Rs 12,000 crore has been sanctioned for the Thane-Wadala project. It will run along the Eastern Express Highway and Ghodbunder Road after it enters Thane and till it reaches Kasarvadavali.

Another issue that has been a major talking point in Thane is the redevelopment of old and dilapidated buildings. Last month, there were two building collapses in which 18 people lost their lives. The CM expressed confidence that the issue of redevelopment of old structures would be resolved soon. “The government is positive about the proposal to give floor space index of .33 for redevelopment of old and dilapidated buildings. The impact assessment of the project is ready and the government will soon announce its decision on it. We will also implement this scheme as a pilot project for other cities in the state,” he said.