In what came to surprise for many, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday travelled to five different parts of the Mumbai in wee hours of Wednesday to take stock of the progress made on city’s ambitious Metro project. NDTV reported that Fadnavis, 46, paid visits to different part of city between midnight and 3:30 in the morning. Fadnavis’ after-hours inspection was planned to prevent road inconvenience to commuters, the report said. Mumbai is famous for its local train network, however, the growing population has now become a cause of concern for the government. The ambitious metro project, launched in 2016 with an aim to curb congestion, is expected to cost nearly Rs 40,000 crore to the exchequer. The project is slated to run underground in Mumbai and on elevated tracks in the suburbs. A target of 75 kms before 2019 has been set by the authorities, which may accommodate an estimated 9 lakh commuters, according to the government.
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Speaking to reporters, Devendra Fadnavis said that the government has adopted the precast technology for the project. Under the technology most of the parts are built elsewhere, and then set up at an other place, he added. The technology helps in allowing fast-paced construction process and the Mumbai metro may become the fastest in country, the Chief Minister reportedly said. Later in the day, Shiv Sena’s youth wing chief Aaditya Thackeray met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and raised the issue of road construction work in the city. Thackeray reportedly sought the lifting of the ban on quarries which he said is adversely affecting road works in the city. “The meet with the CM was to resolve the issue of ban on quarries that is affecting road works of the BMC. The chief minister gave a positive response which will make road works easier for the BMC,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.