Metro rail hits another wall

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By Ranjeet Jadhav  www.mid-day.com

Sarvodaya hospital in Ghatkopar withholds permission to MMRDA for demolishing its boundary wall; officials say resolution of the matter will delay project

Impasse: The boundary wall of Sarvodaya hospital in Ghatkopar (West) where the pier needs to be erected for the Metro railway station. Pic/Sameer Markande
Impasse: The boundary wall of Sarvodaya hospital in Ghatkopar (West) where the pier needs to be erected for the Metro railway station. Pic/Sameer Markande

You may well forget the idea of hopping aboard the Metro on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) rail corridor by November this year, as last promised by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Develop-ment Authority (MMRDA) and Mumbai Suburban Guardian Minister Naseem Khan. Sources reveal that Sarvodaya hospital in Ghatkopar has disallowed the authority to raze down a boundary wall for constructing a pillar for the Metro station.

Moreover, MMRDA is yet to issue Right of Way (RoW) to the implementing agency, Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), for further construction at Jagruti Nagar.

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According to highly placed sources, “The project is likely to get delayed because the issue related to the demolition of the compound wall of Sarvodaya hospital in Ghatkopar is yet to be resolved. The hospital authorities have put forth some demands that require negotiations. Until then, they will not permit demolition of the wall.”

While the current road width available at the site is 8 metres, a minimum of 11 m is required to construct the pillar within the hospital compound and launch girders on it. Due to the shortage of space, the contractor has already altered the design of girders. A failure to resolve the issue will prove costly for the MMRDA. More info

 

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