Project on paper, Mumbai Metro waits for green signal

New Delhi, Nov 18 | Updated: Nov 19 2005, 05:39am hrs
After Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram, its Mumbai thats going in for the Metro. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has prepared detail project reports (DPRs) for two metro lines in Mumbai - Nariman Point to Charkop and Bandra to Kurla. For the third line joining Versova and Ghatkopar, bids will be invited shortly for build operate transfer (BOT) system. This route covers a stretch of 14 km.

Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has asked the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to co-ordinate joint monitoring of the quality of projects undertaken as part of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP). Mumbai metro is a part of this giant project.

Even as the metro project awaits finalisation, projects worth Rs 3,480 crore of the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) have already been sanctioned.

All the three lines after their completion will reduce the traffic chaos in a big way. There is a lot of rush on the western railway line. Dadar, being the central point, hordes of people throng the Dadar station to change trains. After the completion of the Versova-Ghatkopar line, chaos at the Dadar station will be cut down significantly, said DMRC technical director CBK Rao.

As for the other metro routes, they will also offer succour to Mumbaikars, dogged by regular traffic woes. During office hours, the Bandra-Kurla complex seems like an ocean of traffic. After the Bandra-Kurla line takes shape, the traffic there would be also be curbed effectively, said Mr Rao.

According to DMRC officials, the corporations work is complete, and now its solely on MMRDA to give construction orders. We, in alliance with MMRDA, have done the feasibility study of the metro in the Mumbai. Together, we have arrived at the cost structure of the three projects. Now its up to MMRDA and BMC to apply it, taking into consideration the topography of the city, said DMRC finance director Satish Kumar.