Hospital relents, MMRDA to raze wall for Metro corridor

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By MANASI PHADKE www.indianexpress.com

After months of negotiations, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has finally convinced Sarvodaya Hospital in Ghatkopar to allow temporary demolition of its boundary wall for the first Metro corridor.

The construction of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro line requires one pier to be erected on the hospital premises. The Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd, the consortium building the elevated Metro corridor, also needs about 200 to 300 metres of land belonging to the hospital trust on a temporary basis for the launching of girders and movement of machinery.

“We had several discussions with the hospital trust and they have agreed to give us the space to construct one pier and allow the temporary demolition of the compound wall,” an MMRDA official said. “The work of demolition of the boundary wall has started.”

The trust has also permitted the MMRDA to use a part of its land on a temporary basis for the construction work. “With this, a major and last hurdle has been cleared,” the official said.

The MMRDA aims to complete the 11-km Metro corridor, the construction of which started in 2008, by the end of this year.  More info

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