PM Modi to Lay Foundation Stone for Mumbai’s Dahisar – DN Nagar & Dahisar(E) – Andheri(E) Lines on Oct 4
Sept 25 Update – The PM’s Office has declined the invitation due to the PM’s non-availability.
October 7 Update – The PM will now lay the foundation stone on October 11. Please see: Maharashtra Cabinet Approves Mumbai’s Dahisar – DN Nagar & Dahisar(E) – Andheri(E) Lines ; Modi to Lay Foundation Stone on Oct 11
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— Rajendra B. Aklekar (@rajtoday) September 22, 2015
As highlighted by the title, the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, will be in town on October 4 to lay the foundation stone for 2 new Metro lines in the western suburbs:
Line 2: Dahisar – DN Nagar (a part of the larger Dahisar-Bandra-Mankhurd line)
• Cost: Rs 4,994 crore
• Distance: 18.6 km
Line 5: Dahisar East – Andheri East (a part of the larger Dahisar East – Andheri East – Bandra East line)
• Cost: Rs 4,737 crore
• Distance: 16.5 km
Both lines can be seen in this map I’ve made below in red & blue colors:
The PM was originally scheduled to only perform a bhoomipujan for a grand memorial of Dr BR Ambedkar at Indu Mills in central Mumbai, but the state government later sent a request to the Prime Minister’s office to invite the PM to lay the foundation stone for the metro lines at an event which will be hosted at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre in Goregaon.
The pre-tendering approvals for both these lines are progressing at an unusually fast speed compared to what the city has witnessed in the past. As a reminder, the MMRDA approved the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for these lines earlier this month and the state government is in advanced talks with the Asian Development Bank to fund about 50% of the construction costs of these lines (See: ADB May Fund Mumbai’s Dahisar – DN Nagar & Dahisar(E) – Andheri(E) Lines). What’s reassuring and good to know is that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will execute either one of the two corridors and act as a consultant for the other.
For more updates on Mumbai’s metro, check out the Mumbai section of The Metro Rail Guy!