Mumbai Metro's 2nd, 3rd lines nowhere in sight


By Saurabh Katkurwar, Hindustan Times

While Mumbaiites will rejoice the opening of the city’s first Metro line, uncertainty looms over the other two proposed lines. It could be another six to seven years before the city gets another operational Metro line.

As part of the Mumbai makeover project, three Metro lines were planned by the state to provide better east-west connectivity and a parallel mass transport system to the suburban railways.

The first line will connect Versova in the western suburbs to Ghatkopar, a central suburb. The second line, Charkop-BandraMankhurd, has been given to Reliance Infra to build, but is stuck owing to various reasons and is now being redesigned.

The third line, Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ, which is the most ambitious and costliest as it is supposed to be fully underground, is still to get off the blocks.

Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd corridor was put on paper in 2009, when the contract to build it was awarded to the Reliance Infraheaded Mumbai Metro Transport Private Ltd (MMTPL). Work on the line is yet to take off mainly owing to difference between t he Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and MMTPL over land availability. More info