MUMBAI: The state cabinet on Tuesday approved the construction of Metro line 2B and Metro line 4. The approval came just months ahead of the BMC elections scheduled to be held in February 2017, prompting speculation that the move may be more of an election gimmick.
While Metro 2B is estimated to cost Rs 10,986 crore, the projected cost for Metro 4 is Rs 14,459 crore. Metro 2B is proposed from DN Nagar, in Andheri West, to Mandala in the eastern suburbs. The 23.5-km long corridor will have 22 stations. Interchanges will be available with the Metro 1 at DN Nagar, the suburban rail network at Bandra, Metro 3 at ITO junction and both suburban rail and Metro 4 at Kurla East.
The Metro 4 line is proposed from Wadala to Kasarwadavli, a distance of 32.32 km and will have 32 stations. It will connect Mumbai to Thane. Interchanges will be available at Wadala with the Monorail, at Kurla EEH with Metro 2B and at Kapurbawdi with Metro 5. Trains on both the proposed corridors will be six-coach ones, carrying approximately 1,800 commuters per trip.
Both the lines, Metro 2B and 4, are targeted to be operational by 2021-22. However, sources said the detailed project report (DPR) for Metro 2B is not ready, though the one for Metro 4 has been prepared. “As for the financial loan, the MMRDA is considering approaching either the World Bank or Japan International Cooperation Agency. It is unlikely that the projects will be completed by 2021-22. The announcement is more likely targeted at the civic elections,” said sources. Other Metro corridors that have been approved for Mumbai include Dahisar to DN Nagar (Metro-2A), Colaba-Bandra-Seepz (Metro-3) and Dahisar-East to Andheri-East (Metro-7).
Credits ET Realty