The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has assured in-situ rehabilitation to residents of 18 buildings in Kalbadevi and 8 buildings in Girgaon who will be affected by the construction of the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 corridor.
“The MMRC will not remove and or evict any one before making arrangements for their permanent rehabilitation in the same area while implementing the Metro-3 corridor,” said Ashwini Bhide, Managing Director, MMRC. The MMRC needs very small portion of land permanently for the station entries and exits and for certain amenities like ventilation shaft on auxiliary sub-station.
Moreover, due to close proximity of the buildings and lack of open spaces, about 26 buildings need to be demolished for both the stations. However, after accommodating Metro-3 requirement it could be possible to reconstruct the buildings at the same location.
The MMRC team assured the affected families that they would check this possibility and come up with a draft plan of their in-situ rehabilitation. After discussing it with them and obtaining their consents, only the same will be finalised and the approval from the government would be sought.
Contrary to public belief that hundreds of structures will be affected, only 26 buildings – in all 737 families – in Kalbadevi and Girgaon area will be affected by Metro-3 project. More info