It’s official! If you’ve been following my posts about Mumbai’s Metro, then you already know that this “news” was in the works, but if not, then I’d recommend you check out the Home Page of my site every day for the latest scoop!
Via a press release, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) yesterday announced that its Executive Committee has given its administrative approval to appoint the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to implement the 18.6 km Dahisar to DN Nagar section of Line 2 which will eventually connect with Bandra and Mankhurd.
A common misconception doing the rounds on Twitter and elsewhere is that the DMRC will be “constructing” or “building” this line, but that is not true or even possible. Just like in Delhi and other cities, the DMRC will be managing the execution of the line which includes securing approvals, conducting the tendering process and overseeing the work done by different contractors for civil construction, signalling and what have you.
Besides this, the DMRC has also been appointed as the interim consultant for the 16.5 km Dahisar (East) to Andheri (East) line which will be built along the Western Express Highway (WEH). At a later stage, an actual General Consultant will be appointed. The DMRC’s role for this line will be similar to their role in the Lucknow metro project where they are currently helping to prepare bid documents, performing cost estimations etc. In Lucknow, a General Consultant is expected to be selected in November.
As a reminder, PM Modi laid the foundation stones for both these lines on October 11. Here are the specs for both these lines:
Dahisar – DN Nagar (a part of the larger Dahisar-Bandra-Mankhurd line)
• Cost: Rs 6,410 crore (revised)
• Distance: 18.6 km
• Stations: 17
• Type: Elevated
Dahisar East – Andheri East (a part of the larger Dahisar East – Andheri East – Bandra East line)
• Cost: Rs 6,208 crore (revised)
• Distance: 16.5 km
• Stations: 16
• Type: Elevated
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