Ten­ders soon for Metro six and nine cor­ri­dors

The Free Press Journal - - FRONT PAGE - KARISHMA RAVINDRAN

The Mum­bai Metropoli­tan and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMRDA) is all set to float ten­ders for metro six and metro nine cor­ri­dors in June, which would help in en­hanc­ing east-west con­nec­tiv­ity.

The metro 6 cor­ri­dor will con­nect Swami Sa­marth Na­gar- Jo­gesh­wari Vikhroli Link Road to SEEPZ. The cor­ri­dor will be akin to the one that con­nects Ghatkopar to Versova. It will be ap­prox­i­mately 14 km in length.

The metro 9 cor­ri­dor will con­nect Dahisar east to Mira Bhayan­der.

This will help in con­nect­ing the east­ern and western sub­urbs. Cur­rently, Mum­bai Metro one, which con­nects Ghatkopar to Versova, caters to more than three lakh pas­sen­gers daily. “At present, we have only north to west con­nec­tiv­ity. Once the metro 6 cor­ri­dor is open for pub­lic use, it would offer east-west con­nec­tiv­ity which will ben­e­fit lakhs of pas­sen­gers on a daily ba­sis,” said Pravin Da­rade, Ad­di­tional Com­mis­sioner, MMRDA.

The daily es­ti­mated rid­er­ship for metro 6 cor­ri­dor is at least 7.7 lakh pas­sen­gers and the daily rid­er­ship for metro 9 cor­ri­dor is es­ti­mated at 4.4 lakh pas­sen­gers.

The to­tal length of the metro 9 cor­ri­dor which will con­nect Dahisar (east) to Mira-Bhayan­der and And­heri (east) to Air­port would be at least 13. 5 km.

“The metro 9 cor­ri­dor will help in con­nect­ing Mum­bai. This cor­ri­dor will also be con­nected to metro 7 cor­ri­dor (Dahisar east to And­heri east) at Dahisar metro sta­tion. It will fur­ther help in of­fer­ing con­nec­tiv­ity to Mum­bai In­ter­na­tional Air­port and metro 3 cor­ri­dor (Co­laba-Ban­draSEEPZ),” added Da­rade.

Ac­tivist Anil Gal­gali said that once the metro 6 cor­ri­dor is ready for pub­lic use, the com­muters will have a proper mode of trans­port and can con­ve­niently travel with­out con­ges­tion.

In April, MMRDA had in­vited ten­ders to ap­point con­sul­tants for the Thane-Bhi­wandi-Kalyan metro cor­ri­dor. The win­ning bid­der would de­sign and con­struct the en­tire 24-km cor­ri­dor, 17 sta­tions, car de­pot, aux­il­iary struc­tures and staff quar­ters within 30 months from the date of the award.

This 24-km long Metro-5 cor­ri­dor is ex­pected to carry around 2.29 lakh com­muters daily in 2021. The en­tire sys­tem would be de­signed for six coach trains and will have at least 17 metro sta­tions.

Cur­rently, the city is wit­ness­ing con­struc­tion of metro 2A (Be­tween Dahisar and DN Na­gar) and metro 7 cor­ri­dor (Dahisar east to And­heri east).

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