Maharashtra cabinet gives nod to Metro expansion in Mumbai
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In order to improve connectivity among Suburban areas, the Maharashtra cabinet has recently given nod to Metro expansion on two routes i.e. Metro-9 from Dahisar to Meera Bhayandar and Metro-7 from Andheri to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

According to the cabinet decision, the total distance which the new Metro line will be covering is 13.58 km and MMRDA has been appointed as the nodal agency for the expansion project.

The decision said, “The expected cost of both the Metro lines is Rs 6607 crore. The Metro-7 Andheri to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, distance is 3.17 km where 0.98 km will be elevated and 2.19 km will be underground. In this project, there will be 10 elevated Metro stations and one underground station,”

On the other hand, the Dahisar-Mira Bhayander route will be 10.41 km long elevated corridor and will have 11 stations.  “The proposed Metro of Dahisar to Meera-Bhayandar will cut down approximately 30 km of travel distance between the Meera-Bhayandar and Mumbai suburbs. It will be completed by 2022, and 8.47 lakh commuters are likely to use this Metro facility by 2031. The commuter number on this line will go up to 11lakh.” Report added.

The cabinet note further added that the Union and state government will share the land cost of Rs 1631 crore. It will be an interest-free amount. Moreover, the MMRDA will raise the loan from various national and international financial institutions to undertake these metro projects. Also, the rehabilitees will be paid compensation by the Government.

The proposed fare on the extended routed will be Rs 10 for the first 0-3 km, Rs 12 for 3-12 km travel, Rs 30 for 12-18 km, Rs 40 for 18-24 km, Rs 50 for 24-30 km, Rs 60 for 30-36 km, Rs 70 for 36-42 km and Rs 80 for more than 42 km.