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Ola Money, the popular digital payment solution from Ola, India’s leading mobile app for transportation, today announced that it has partnered with Mumbai Metro, which will enable commuters to recharge their prepaid metrocards by using the Ola Money app.
Enthused by the support of Mumbaikars to the proposed 34-km underground Metro line between Colaba and SEEPZ in Andheri via Bandra, hundreds of western suburb residents have demanded diversion of the underground route from Bandra up to Charkop, instead of the proposed elevated route.
"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.
The MMRDA also said the first line of 8.26 km is likely to be operational by mid 2012, while the Phase-II of the project i.e. Sant Ghatge Maharaj Chowk (Jacob Circle)- to Wadala, a distance of 11.28 km, will be ready by June 2013.
The first phase of mono rail stretching from Chembur to Wadala should start operation by August 2012, Textile minister Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan, who is the Guardian Minister of Mumbai suburbs said at a review meeting of MMRDA officials on Tuesday.
Officials say this is because Western railway has given them permission for only 57 4-hour blocks instead of the 127 they need to build bridge over rail lines at Andheri The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority's (MMRDA) claim of finishing the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) corridor, or the first line, of the Metro by March 2012 has come to naught.
While work for the first metro line is moving at a snail's pace and the second line's construction is not likely to begin soon, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has new hurdles to face. The Centre is thinking of taking partial control of the the metro system through the forthcoming Indian Metro Railway Act.
Wants Virar-Churchgate rail line to terminate at Mahalaxmi instead of Oval Maidan, railway officials say it will defeat the purpose. It seems the Western Railway’s (WR) ambitious multi-billion dollar elevated rail corridor project has received a death blow.
The state government wants the World Bank (WB) to fund projects for improvement of the public transport network in Mumbai. It has sought financial assistance for Metro, monorail projects, the Nhava-Sewri trans harbour link and projects for upgradation of the suburban railway network.