By Ashley D’Mello www.indiatimes.com
MUMBAI: The state government wants the third Metro line ( Colaba-Bandra route)) to complement Western Railway’s (WR) elevated corridor between Virar and Churchgate.
There has been a war of nerves between the centrally-controlled WR and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) which is implementing the Mumbai Metro project. The latest flare up is over the report submitted by the MMRDA’s technical committee to the urban development department favouring the termination of the WR’s Virar-Churchgate route at Mahalaxmi. The committee has suggested that WR commuters can use the underground Metro line to get to Colaba from Mahalaxmi. The state is now trying to broker peace between WR and the MMRDA.
Government officials said the committee’s report should not be seen in a negative light. “If the new railway line is allowed to go underground up to Oval Maidan as planned by WR, it might give rise to complications as underground station needs space and approach roads,” said an official. Sources said that committee’s report is still to be approved by the CM. Prithviraj Chavan.
Sources said There is a feeling in government circles that both Metro and Virar-Churchgate corridor are viable if they complement each other. More info on