Maharashtra Cabinet Approves Mumbai’s Dahisar – DN Nagar & Dahisar(E) – Andheri(E) Lines ; Modi to Lay Foundation Stone on Oct 11
Yesterday, the Maharashtra cabinet approved two new metro lines in Mumbai with a completion deadline of March 2019! These lines include:
Line 2: 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
Line 5: 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
Both lines can be seen in this map I’ve made below in red & blue colors:
The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, was originally scheduled to lay the foundation stone on October 4, but due to other commitments his office could not confirm his visit. Now he plans to be in town on October 11 (this Sunday) to lay the foundation stone and also perform the bhoomipujan for a grand memorial of Dr. BR Ambedkar at Indu Mills in central Mumbai.
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. With this approval, I expect the tendering process to begin by December!
As a reminder, the MMRDA approved the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for these lines in September 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!