By Accommodation Times News Services
Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) approved two new metro corridors for MMR, first Dahisar-Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd metro corridor and Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali metro corridor. Along with this the authorities also approved four flyovers and a road to clear the daily peak – hour traffic chaos in the Bandra-Kurla Complex. These approvals were granted at the 136th Authority meeting of MMRDA with new Chief Minister and Chairman of MMRDA Devendra Fadnavis, on 20th November, Thursday.
This is the new thrust to infrastructure of the city after the arrival of CM Devendra Fadnavis. While the 40-km long and 36-station DCBM Metro Corridor will be entirely underground, the 32-km long WGTK Metro Corridor will have 24 underground and 6 elevated stations. Both these metro corridors will be implemented by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) within a period of 6-7 years. The DCBM Metro Corridor will be brought to the city at the estimated cost of Rs. 25,605 crore and the WGTK Metro Corridor will require an expenditure of Rs. 19,097 crore.
The officials said, “Both these metro corridors will be funded by raising loan to the tune of 50% of the cost from the international finance agencies, Central Government and State Government and MMRDA is likely to provide 20% and 30% of the finance respectively by way of equity and sub debt.”
The aim of Authority while approved four flyovers and a road is to clear the daily rush-hour traffic chaos in the Bandra-Kurla Complex. A survey conducted has revealed that every hour on an average more than twelve thousand cars crowd this BKC junction and this traffic problem will be saved by constructing four flyovers and a road. There will be a flyover each to reach the Sea Link from BKC and to BKC from the Sea Link. The total length of these two 2-lane flyovers is 1,888 meters. The flyover running from Dharavi towards Western Express Highway (WEH) will join the flyover running from BKC at the second level and there will be a 3-lane flyover connecting the flyover reaching WEH. This flyover is 2,920 meters long.
Further authorities have sanctioned construction of a 300-meter long and 12-feet wide road running through the government land to streamline the traffic from Dharavi to Sea Link. The cost for constructing four flyovers and a road is estimated at Rs. 227 crore.