MUM­BAI METRO CORP WANTS DE­POT AT AAREY; CM WILL DE­CIDE

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sau­rabh Katkur­war ■ sau­rabh.katkur­war@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Mum­bai Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion (MMRC) has de­cided to re­vert to its orig­i­nal plan of build­ing a metro de­pot at Aarey Colony. On Thurs­day, MMRC chief Ash­wini Bhide said the cor­po­ra­tion’s board had strongly rec­om­mended build­ing the de­pot for Metro 3 on 24 hectares in the eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive Aarey Colony as a plot at Kan­jur­marg, con­sid­ered the best al­ter­na­tive, was not avail­able. Con­sid­er­ing the op­po­si­tion to the pro­ject by en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, MMRC has de­cided to re­duce the size of the de­pot. Now, CM Deven­dra Fad­navis will take a fi­nal call on the is­sue.

The Kan­jur­marg plot was one of eight ex­am­ined by an ex­pert panel, ap­pointed by Fad­navis, as pos­si­ble al­ter­na­tives to Aarey Colony fol­low­ing stiff op­po­si­tion to build­ing the de­pot there. How­ever, the com­mit­tee had al­lowed MMRC to re­vert to Aarey if the Kan­jur­marg plot could not be ac­quired in three months.

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