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MUMBAI: Seven months after the withdrawal of the Rs 10 invitation fare and implementation of a graded fare structure, the daily passenger traffic on the Metro is still down by 14% or 40,000 passengers per day.
Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, Reliance Metro, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the Fire Brigade to file affidavits in reply to a petition opposing the phase one of the Metro railway which will connect suburban Versova with Ghatkopar.
A glaring example of this was seen at Ghatkopar station where the elevated metro station poured down water on the railway line and turned the local Ghatkopar station into a huge waterfall on Monday morning.
“The trial process started on Friday evening and the metro rail rolled out of the Versova car depot to run up to Azad Nagar (also known as Indian Oil Junction),” confirmed SVR Srinivas, additional metropolitan commissioner, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
The construction of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro line requires one pier to be erected on the hospital premises. The Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd, the consortium building the elevated Metro corridor, also needs about 200 to 300 metres of land belonging to the hospital trust on a temporary basis for the launching of girders and movement of machinery.
Railway officials want the proposed Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Pune high-speed corridor extended up to Bangalore, which has witnessed a glut in rail as well as air traffic in the past few years. The pre-feasibility study for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Pune corridor has already been completed by Systra, a French consultancy firm. The 643km-long route, if built, will cost an estimated Rs 100 crore per km.
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"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.
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