Mumbai: 21 piers block Rs 24,000 crore Metro project


By Chetna Yerunkar

When the BMC erected 21 steel and concrete structures for the construction of the Sion-Dharavi-Mahim bridge, little did they realise that the piers would cross the path of the underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz metro line III.

The other downside? The civic body does not have the technology to remove them and is looking at foreign agencies for assistance.

The upcoming Colaba-Bandra-Seepz metro line III seems to have posed a couple of problems for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The 21 piers it had constructed on the Dharavi nullah for the Sion-Mahim-Dharavi bridge, comes in the way of the Rs 24,000 crore project and the civic body has been asked by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to remove them.

However, the BMC has neither the expertise, nor the technology to remove them. It should be noted that the Sion-Mahim-Dharavi bridge had collapsed in 2011. The plan for the reconstruction of the bridge was approved in 2013 and work started in January this year.

However, work came to a halt in April as the Bridge department was informed that the desilting work had to be carried out on the nullah. Work on the same had to start in October, but the MMRDA’s proposal of Metro line III station underneath the bridge, again stalled the work. More info and photos