Mumbai: The Maharashtra government’s decision to relocate the Metro car shed from Aarey Colony to Kanjurmarg could mean the city’s costliest Metro corridor may now be connected with some of the satellite towns in the extended Mumbai Metropolitan Region as well.
On 11 October, the Uddhav Thackeray-led government shifted the controversial car shed of the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro from Aarey Colony — after a public movement to save one of the city’s green lungs.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is also planning a 45-km Metro line from Kanjurmarg to Badlapur, a satellite town in Thane district.
With the car depot of the 33.5-km Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro now proposed at Kanjurmarg, the MMRDA is planning to integrate the two lines at the site, a move that will ensure Metro connectivity from the tip of South Mumbai at Cuffe Parade to the larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
A direct link between the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro and the proposed Kanjurmarg-Badlapur Metro will also connect the neighbouring Thane district to several key business and commercial centres in Mumbai.
The former metro line will also be integrated with the Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli elevated line, with which it will share the Kanjurmarg car shed, according to CM Thackeray’s decision.
R.A. Rajeev, MMRDA Commissioner, told ThePrint, “We can integrate the proposed Kanjurmarg-Badlapur line with the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro as well as the Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli corridor. We can also propose a station of interchange here that can get people to shift lines in future.”
He added, “Such an interchange will mean people can travel from Cuffe Parade, Colaba and CST in South Mumbai to Bandra and Lokhandwala in the west, right up to places in the Thane district.”
Access to airport, business district
Connecting the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro, a line that is expected to cost Rs 32,000 crore, directly to a line in Thane district will mean linking the district almost directly to several key destinations in Mumbai.
This Metro corridor will run through several commercial and business centres in the city, such as Churchgate, Fort, Worli, Dadar, Bandra Kurla Complex, and the exports promotion zone of SEEPZ.
The corridor also provides connectivity to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Sahar.
The MMRDA is currently working on a detailed project report to integrate the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz and Swami Samarth Nagar-Kanjurmarg Metro lines after the SEEPZ station, to allow the two lines to share the proposed car shed at Kanjurmarg.
The state government owns 656 acres at Kanjurmarg, off the city’s Eastern Express Highway. Of this, the state revenue department has transferred 102 acres, or approximately 41.2 hectare, to the MMRDA for an integrated car shed for the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz underground and Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli elevated Metro lines.
Connectivity to Mumbai Metropolitan Region
For years, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region comprising the city and its satellite settlements has only been served by the decades-old suburban railway network that largely runs from the northern to southern part of the city. The stray lines connecting the east to the west are comparatively new.
The 427.5-km network carries nearly 75 lakh passengers every day, at least three times its capacity.
The proposed metro network now plans to increase connectivity in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Of the 14 lines planned as part of the network, at least seven have been planned to connect some part of the metropolitan region.
The Kanjurmarg-Badlapur line is the latest addition to the master plan and the MMRDA is currently in the process of preparing a feasibility report on the project.
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