By Accommodation Times News Service
It seems that the Metro service will be extended till Thane city if the planning goes well. The Chief Minister has said government is expecting a final feasibility report on this route within a months time and detailed report will be produced in two months. The route is expected to go this way; from Ghatkopar the first metro would be extended to Wadala towards Mumbai, Teen Haat Naka and Kasarwadavli towards Thane to form the metro region forth route.
Adding further he said, the Thane route would be implemented on the lines of Metro 3 which has been planned with the help of Japanese loan. CM’s statement was enough to indicate that all the next routes would now be implemented on the lines 3 and there very importantly there will be no involvement of private builders.
The project cost is expected to be Rs 22,000crore and will have 29 stations on the 32km route. According to Chavan, the directors of the metro rail corporation also felt that considering the growth potential along the eastern express highway EEH and Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) road, the metro service could go elevated as well as underground and both options could be studied by the consultants. The first line Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar has already been made operational while for the second metro, Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd, the existing contract for elevated corridor could be converted underground for which Rites had been appointed. The third metro Colaba-Bandra-Seepz has been approved by the centre.