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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.
Delhi's crumbling walls, Mangu Singh, the new managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), flagged off the Metro's proposed phase III 'heritage corridor' on Tuesday. The proposed corridor will connect Janpath Metro station with Kashmere Gate through Mandi House.
The Maharashtra government has begun its hunt for an expert to take care of Metro rail projects in Mumbai and other metropolis in the state. Recently at a meeting with urban development (UD) officials, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan directed UD officials to look for expertise for Metro projects, rather relying on bureaucrats for monitoring such important projects.
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.
A senior MMRDA official said, "The government has already issued a notification for acquisition of the 310 sq m plot of Maheshwar Temple in Asalpha area. Now, as the notification is out, we expect to acquire the plot by end of this month, following which construction at the site will commence in full swing."
With the state government contemplating seeking Metro Man E Sreedharan's help for implementing the Phase III (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz (CBS) corridor) of the Metro rail project, there is likelihood that unlike Phase I (Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar [VAG] corridor) and Phase II (Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd [CBM] corridor), the third corridor will meet its deadline.
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.