Roadblocks for Mumbai metro: Rehabilitation key concern



The Devendra Fadnavis government’s dream of giving Mumbai its first operational underground metro line by 2020 has hit roadblocks even before work has begun.

The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) is fighting to bring the Rs 23,000 crore third-phase of the Mumbai Metro project on track.

Problems with funding have been solved, with Rs 13,235 crore loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. But the corporation says there are still three major roadblocks ahead, and any one of them could throw a spanner in the works.

The first is that MMRC will have to contend with Opposition to demolish around 750 apartments in around 18 buildings, mostly around Girgaon and Kalbadevi. MMRC is working overtime to placate these apartment owners and tenants.

Ashwini Bhide, MD, MMRC said, “Our total land requirement for this project is around 39 hectares, which is much less looking at the magnitude of this project. We have tried our best to adopt such construction methodologies, by which our land requirement is at the minimum. While doing that we need, out of 39 hectares we need only 11 hectares for permanent purpose.” More info