Metro-6: MMRDA yet to fi­nalise land for yard

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO -

MUM­BAI: The Mum­bai Metropoli­tan Re­gion De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMRDA) is yet to fi­nalise the land where the yard for Metro-6 cor­ri­dor, from Swami Sa­marth Na­gar in Lokhand­wala to Vikhroli, will be built.

Ac­cord­ing to a right to in­for­ma­tion (RTI) re­ply sent by the Delhi Metro Rail Cor­po­ra­tion (DMRC) to a pub­lic group on Jan­uary 28, “land for the Metro yard for line-6 has not yet been fi­nalised and the plan for the same shall be fi­nalised af­ter land is al­lo­cated”. Metro-6 is be­ing ex­e­cuted by DMRC on be­half of MMRDA.

The plan for the cast­ing yard for Metro-2a (DN Na­gar to Dahisar) and Metro-6 was sought in an RTI query by the pub­lic group Jan­hit Manch. The RTI re­ply also states that con­struc­tion of the car shed for Metro-6 has not yet started, while 55% of work on the Metro-2a shed has been com­pleted.

While DMRC said the MMRDA is sup­posed to al­lo­cate the land, MMRDA of­fi­cials said the process to fi­nalise the plot was go­ing on and a lot of de­part­ments were in­volved in it.

The Metro-6 cor­ri­dor will start from Swami Sa­marth Na­gar in Lokhand­wala junc­tion and go via the Powai lake, the Jo­gesh­wari Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) and reach the east­ern ex­press high­way (EEH). In the past, a land par­cel at Kan­jur­marg was be­ing con­sid­ered as an op­tion to build the Metro-6 yard. It was also con­sid­ered as an op­tion for build­ing the car shed for the un­der­ground Metro-3 (Co­laba-ban­dra-seepz) in place of the con­tro­ver­sial Aarey land.

Nitin Killawala, a mem­ber of Jan­hit Manch and an ar­chi­tect, and other res­i­dents of the Powai belt have de­manded that Metro-6 be con­structed as an un­der­ground line on the grounds that JVLR is al­ready over-con­gested. “Even for Metro-2a, most of the land is be­ing al­lo­cated now. There needs to some plan­ning be­fore start­ing so much work on ground,” said Killawala.

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