32-storey bldg to hold 10,000 Metro em­ploy­ees

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Chit­taran­jan.Tem­b­hekar @times­group.com

Mum­bai: A 32-storey tower — to be called Metro Bha­van — pro­posed at Aarey Milk Colony will house of­fice space for 10,000 em­ploy­ees who will be part of con­trol, mon­i­tor­ing, con­struc­tion, en­gi­neer­ing, main­te­nance and plan­ning for all the 12 metro lines, some of which are un­der con­struc­tion.

The to­tal cost of en­tire 12route metro re­vamp is around Rs 1.25 lakh crore.

The Metro Bha­van will mainly house op­er­a­tion and con­trol cen­tre (OCC) for en­tire 276 km of metro lines in the met­ro­pol­i­tan re­gion.

The ad­di­tional com­mer­cial space to be cre­ated at car de­pots be­ing built sep­a­rately for each line at 10 to 11dif­fer­ent places across the city aTd thane will be rented out or sold to earn money and re­duce the fi­nan­cial bur­den of metro projects and thus re­duce the bur­den on com­muter tick­et­ing to af­ford­able lev­els. One of these car de­pots will be at Aaarey com­pound for Metro 3. Com­mer­cial spa­ces at these de­pots and money to be earned through tick­et­ing are ex­pected to re­duce 20% of the to­tal cost ex­penses for all 12 lines.

“Aarey is go­ing to be a cen­tralised de­pot of all the 12 lines other than the un­der­ground Metro 3 (Co­laba-Seepz),” said Pravin Da­rade, ad­di­tional met­ro­pol­i­tan com­mis­sioner.

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