Planning a metro line is not rocket science anymore, it’s been happening for a century,” said SVR Srinivas, Managing Director of the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRC). But in the hours that followed, the body found that with issues like slum rehabilitation, transfer of development rights, land reservations and a good amount of vote-bank politics, planning Mumbai’s metro may just be as complicated as rocket science.
The Managing Director, who is also the additional metropolitan commissioner, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), was speaking at a public hearing on the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz-Airport Metro (third line) held at Bandra-Kurla Complex on Wednesday. He was speaking to transportation experts, social activists, journalists and others who will be affected by the Metro line, all of whom bombarded him with questions and suggestions.
The meeting started around 10.30 am, with transport experts voicing their concerns. One of them, Sudhir Badami, spoke of how the time taken for the construction of the Metro has inconvenienced a lot of people. “Why didn’t the MMRDA think of something like the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS), instead of putting the common man through this trauma?’
Architect Jagdeep Desai spoke of how a cyclic timetable for the current suburban railway system could have been worked out, making the expensive Metro unnecessary. Architect Nitin Killiwala said the line should be extended to Charkop. More info