MUMBAI: The first phase of the Mumbai Metro has got a boost with MMRDA officials to take over a part of the Maheshwari Temple near Asalpha for construction of the first metro line .
MMRDA officials said the urban development department of the state had issued a gazette notification for the temple. “We expect the collector’s office to hand over the land in a month’s time,” said MMRDA officials working on the project. They said the temple will not need to be shifted, only a part of the premises will have to move. Mumbai Metro’s first line on Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar is being built by a special purpose vehicle – Mumbai Metro One – owned by Reliance Infra, the MMRDA and a French multinational, Veolia.
Infrastructure projects have been plagued by encroachments including religious structures. MMRDA offcials said they have treaded with care while dealing with the structures. “We offered alternative sites for rebuilding the structures,” officials said.