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Republican Party of India (Athawale) today objected to naming of the city metro service as 'Reliance Metro' and demanded it should be renamed as 'Mumbai Metro'.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) seems to have put its foot down by asking Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra)-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) to change metro rail logo and name from "Reliance Metro" to "Mumbai Metro".
The Metro project seems to have got stuck because of lack of adequate clearances from the environment ministry. The plots identified by MMRDA for the car depot at both places fall under the coastal regulatory zone. The ministry had given a conditional clearance to the depots. However, Reliance and MMRDA claim the ministry has laid down conditions that make the project a non-starter.
The official said they were also planning a Metro railway line from Lokhandwala to SEEPZ and Kanjurmarg, to link the eastern and western suburbs. Earlier, the 13.14km route was to be taken up as part of the Mono railway master plan, but the MMRDA has decided to put the development of more Mono railway corridors on the backburner till the first 19.22-km Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle route, work on which is on, is commissioned and run.
A new traffic study is now forcing Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) to take mitigating measures to ensure that commuters do not travel like sardines packed in a tin in Mumbai's first metro train from Versova to Ghatkopar. A new traffic survey commissioned by MMOPL and undertaken by a Hong Kong based consultant, MVA Systra, shows that traffic projections made for the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) corridor were off the mark.
The Mumbai Metro project was awarded by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) through a global competitive bidding process on PPP framework to a Reliance Infrastructure-led consortium in 2007. It entails designing, financing, constructing along with the operating and maintaining about 12 kms of elevated metro with 12 stations enroute.
The indifference by the state and centre towards the long-awaited Metro, which is still awaiting land and clearances to construct the Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd line, is now forcing the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to look for alternatives. After the Centre repeatedly stalled the relaxation of environmental and CRZ laws for the construction of metro train depots at Charkop and Mankhurd, and the unwillingness of the state government to hand over any alternate land in the vicinity, the MMRDA is now contemplating setting up the car depot at Goregaon.
Planning a metro line is not rocket science anymore, it's been happening for a century," said SVR Srinivas, Managing Director of the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRC). But in the hours that followed, the body found that with issues like slum rehabilitation, transfer of development rights, land reservations and a good amount of vote-bank politics, planning Mumbai's metro may just be as complicated as rocket science.
It was renamed Rabindra Setu way back in 1965. But most Kolkatans have always referred to the 705-metre-long cantilever structure over the Hooghly as Howrah Bridge. Now, it's coming to Mumbai. Or rather, a 183-metre steel bridge - modelled on the iconic structure - is being constructed over the railway track in Andheri as part of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) Metro rail corridor.