Navi Mumbai Metro To Get Operational By August 2020
The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) has given an approval to the multiple Metro lines in the suburban region, giving a major boost to connectivity in Navi Mumbai. The project has been in the pipeline for over a decade now. At present, four Metro corridors are planned in the region with the first one to become operational in August 2020.
Here is all you need to know about all the Metro lines that will operate in Navi Mumbai:
The total length of this corridor will be 23 kilometre (km) and will be constructed in three phases. The foundation stone of the project was laid in 2011.
Phase-I (Belapur-Pendhar): This will be a 11-km route starting from Belapur which is also the central business district of Navi Mumbai to Pendhar. The original deadline for the project was 2016, however, it got delayed by four years as the CIDCO terminated the contract of the builder and new tender was floated. Now, according to the media reports, the CIDCO has again extended the deadline from May 2020. The route will now get operational in August 2020 as the work on the signalling system and Metro stations is still underway and the contractors have to stall work due to non-availability of labourers. The total cost of construction is pegged at Rs 1,985 crore.
Phase-II (Khandeshwar-Taloja MIDC): This will be a seven-km Metro route having eight stations, connecting Taloja MIDC and Khandeshwar via Kalamboli. There are plans to extend this route to the Navi Mumbai International Airport. MIDC Taloja is another employment hub of Navi Mumbai while Kalamboli is an upcoming property market offering affordable housing units. The projected outlay of this project is Rs 1,509 crore.
Phase-III (Interlink between Pendhar and Taloja MIDC): This two-km line will link the first two phases and will have just one station. The total construction cost is pegged at Rs 574 crore. The detailed project report has been recently approved by the CIDCO.
The second corridor is planned between Mankhurd-NMIA-Panvel that will be implemented by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). It will be a 32-km route, passing through the Navi Mumbai International Airport. The CIDCO has approved Rs 2,820 crore for the project.
The second part of this will be built over the Sion-Panvel Highway connecting Sewree to the Navi Mumbai International Airport. The proposed corridor will be a 22-km route and will also be implemented by the MMRDA.
To be implemented by the Navi Mumbai Metro Corporation, this will be a 20-km route and will connect Dighe-Turbhe-Belapur, the two extensions of Navi Mumbai. The CIDCO has approved Rs 1,850 crore for the project.
This route will connect the affluent localities of Navi Mumbai such as Ghansoli, Vashi and Mhape. It will be a nine-km network to be implemented by the NMMC at a cost of Rs 1,270 crore.