Recently, the Maharashtra state cabinet sanctioned a 29-Km metro route for the Thane region. On behalf of the Thane Municipal Corporation, Maha Metro will be responsible for the development of metro in the area.
In a letter from the Chief Minister’s office informed that it will take four years to complete this project and the same will incur an estimated cost of Rs.13,095 crores. The letter further stated that 2.2 km stretch in the route will be underground while the remaining track will be elevated. This complete stretch counts 29 kms.
Eknath Shinde, the Guardian minister of Thane, said that the council of ministers sanctioned the proposal to run metro in the city as it will also decongest the highly populated areas of the Thane district. The proposed metro will have 22 stations and is estimated to have a daily ridership of 5.76 lakhs.
He further said that the fares for the same will range between Rs.17 to Rs. 104, an official said.
The metro ride will commence from the New Thane metro station located in the old city area and will connect to the Wadala-Kasarvadavli Metro and Dongripada. The metro will also offer a link to the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro Line 5 at Majiwada Junction.
The statement also said that the roofs are spacious and have the capacity to install 10 lakh solar panels. These panels will fulfill nearly 65 percent of the network’s energy requirements. It also said that the proposed metro will help commuters to travel in different parts of the city along with reaching to the neighbouring cities.