With an aim to rapidly ramp up and modernize Mumbai’s urban transportation network, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, who is also the Chairman of the Mumbai Metropolitcan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) yesterday approved the MMRDA’s Rs. 6,976.50 crore budget for the year 2017-2018. Out of that, Rs. 3273.25 crore has been allocated for the construction of new metro lines around the city (see press release below) which include Line-2, Line-3, Line-4 and Line-7.
Soon after approving the budget, the CMO’s office also announced, via a tweet, the MMRDA’s approval for the city’s 13.5 km Line-10 connecting Dahisar East (under construction northern terminal for Line-2 and Line-7) and Mira-Bhayandar in the north. This elevated line with 11 stations is expected to be an extension of Line-7, but for administrative purposes has been allotted a new number. Its Detailed Project Report (DPR) was recently prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) who has been in the thick of things since 2015 to shape Mumbai’s Metro network.
The Authority has spared Rs. 1,000 crore each for the Dahisar to DN Nagar Metro-2A corridor (18.5-km, 17 stations, Rs. 6,410 crore) and the Andheri (East) to Dahisar (East) Metro-7 corridor (16.5-km, 14 stations, Rs. 6,208 crore). The Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-3 corridor has received Rs. 800 crore boost and DN Nagar to Mandale Metro-2B (23.5-km, 22 stations, Rs. 10,986 crore) and Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavli Metro-4 corridors (32-km, 32 stations, Rs. 14,549 crore) have received Rs. 200 crore each. The recently approved ThaneBhiwandi-Kalyan Metro-5 (24-km, 17 stations, Rs. 8,416 crore) and Swami Samarth NagarJVLR-SEEPZ-Vikhroli Metro-6 corridors (14.5-km, 13 stations, Rs. 6,672 crore) have been given a token grant of Rs. 5 crore each. – link to press release
This 13.5 km route will have 11 stations and integration of metro 2A, Mira Bhayender-Airport and Metro 7.
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) March 29, 2017
The MMRDA hasn’t released the line’s alignment, but here’s what it will most likely look like in Pink:
The line is expected to follow the Western Express Highway (WEH), skirt AG Nagar & Miragaon, turn north-west and then run along the Mira Bhayandar Road to connect the Golden Nest Circle via Silver Park, Bharti Nagar, Indralok and Geeta Nagar. This route displayed above is roughly 5.5 km long, so it’ll be interesting to see where the rest of the 8 kms in the MMRDA’s 13.5 km figure comes from.
With this development, the line now just requires the Maharashtra Cabinet’s approval. The Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) elections are scheduled to be held in August this year, so there’s a good possibility of the line receiving its final approval before that.
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