Thane to get first Metro, Mumbai to get Metro 6 line

Thane to get first Metro, Mumbai to get Metro 6 line”

The state cabinet approved the two elevated corridor projects that will enable seamless east-west connectivity. The link will benefit people from both, the eastern and western suburbs.

Mumbai: To speed up Metro rail construction, the State Cabinet on Tuesday gave final approvals to the Metro-5 and Metro-6 lines.

Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan, Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli routes to cost Rs 15,000 crore. Besides this, the metro 6 corridor will connect the S V Road, Western Express Highway, Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road, L B S Road and Eastern Express Highway. "In the last three years, we have approved almost double the number of Metro projects which the previous government did not in the last 10 years", said state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.

The stations linking the Metro 5 line will be Kalyan APMC, Kalyan, Sahajanand Chowk, Durgadi Fort, Kongaon, Govegaon MIDC, Rajouli Village, Temghar, Gopal Nagar, Bhiwandi, Dhaman-kar Naka, Anjur Phata, Purna, Kalher, Kasheli, Balkum-bh Naka and Kapurbawdi in Thane. The metro 5 corridor will eventually connect with the metro 4 line of Wadala-Thane-Kasarwadavli and metro 11 corridor between Taloja and Kalyan. The project will be implemented by MMRDA.

These two metro corridors put together will result into a continous 33 km-long metro network connecting the east to west in the city."This corridor will connect business hubs like SEEPZ, L&T and IIT Powai area".

The Metro 6 corridor earlier was planned to link Jogeshwari-Vikhroli to Kanjurmarg.

The 14.5 km and Rs6,672 crore Swami Samarth Nagar- Jogeshwari-Kanjurmarg-Vikhroli corridor will have 13 stations. According to MMRDA officials, a total of 360km-long Metro network will be constructed across the state, most of which will be in Mumbai and adjoining cities, in the next four to five years. The route will have its vehicle depot at Kanjurmarg.

Currently, the civil works are underway for three Metro corridors in the city namely Dahisar- DN Nagar Metro-2A, Dahisar East- Andheri East Metro-7 and Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor.

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