Mumbai Metro Line-IV To Get Operational By 2022
The extension of the Line-IV of the Mumbai Metro, connecting south Mumbai with suburb Thane, on December 27 received approval from the Maharashtra Cabinet. The authorities are planning to complete this project by March 2022, benefitting over 8.7 lakh commuters.
Length: The total length of the corridor is 32.32 kilometres. The line, once operational, will link the Gaimukh near south Mumbai with Kasarvadavli in Thane via Ghatkopar and Mulund through a fully elevated corridor.
Stations: It comprises of 34 stations namely Gaimukh, Gowniwada, Bhakti Park Metro, Wadala TT, Anik Nagar Bus Depot, Suman Nagar, Siddharth Colony, Amar Mahal Junction, Garodia Nagar, Pant Nagar, Lakxmi Nagar, Shreyes Cinema, Godrej Company, Vikhroli Metro, Surya Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Naval Housing, Bhandup Mahapalika, Bhandup Metro, Shangrila, Sonapur, Mulund Fire Station, Mulund Naka, Thane Teen Haath Naka, RTO Thane, Mahapalika Marg, Cadbury Junction, Majiwada, Kapurbawdi, Manpada, Tikuji-Ni-Wadi, Dongari Pada, Vijay Garden and Kasarvadavali.
Cost: The total cost of the project is estimated to be about Rs 14,549 crore with an additional Rs 949 crore sanctioned for the extension. The project will be funded by the centre and state government along with loans from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the World Bank.
Interchange facility: Besides interconnectivity with Eastern Express Highway, central railway and monorail, there will be interchange facility to other Metro lines viz. Kapurbawdi station to line 5, Vikhroli Metro station to line 6, Amar Mahal Junction (station) to line 2 and Wadala to line 8 (till General Post Office).
Features: The route is designed to carry 8-coach trains with a capacity of 2,244 persons. The daily ridership is expected to be 8.7 lakh in 2022 and 12.13 lakh in 2031. There will be dedicated car depots at Owale and Godrej area.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the project in December 2016 after the state government gave the project a nod in September 2016. The civil works, involving the construction of elevated stations and viaducts, will be executed in packages for which the MMRDA invited bids. As per latest news reports, the contracts have been awarded to two joint ventures - Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) and Italian construction company, ASTALDI, and Tata Projects Limited and China Harbour Engineering Company (TPL-CHEC).
While the TPL-CHEC JV will develop two packages worth Rs 1,048 crore, RInfra-ASTALDI JV has bagged three packages worth 1,584 crore. RInfra-ASTALDI will develop 20-km stretches encompassing 6.4-km from Wadala to Chembur, 6.7-km from Gandhinagar junction to Bhandup Sonapur on LBS road and 6.8-km from Kapurbawdi to Kasarvadavali in Thane. A consortium which includes DB Engineering, Louis Berger and Hill International has been selected as a general consultant for project and construction management services.
Real estate impact
While the upcoming infrastructure would minimise the traffic burden on the suburban rail network, an apparent rise in property demand surrounding the corridor will also be seen. The localities in the Thane district and the areas nearby will reap the maximum benefits as developers will now be comfortable exploring the suburbs for new developments.
Experts predict a bright future for the areas further south such as Kanjurmarg, Vikhroli and Mulund West.