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In a recently held event in Mumbai, PM Narendra Modi has laid foundation stones of three ambitious infrastructure projects. This includes two metro lines and various affordable housing projects that entail an investment of over Rs 33,000 crore.

The event was also attended by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union urban development minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

Out of this, the first project includes ambitious Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan (Metro 5) and the Dahisar-Mira Bhayander (Metro 9) lines with a total investment of over Rs 15,000 crore. This will facilitate smooth traveling to daily commuters from the northern part of the city to other areas.

Line 5 of the Mumbai Metro will be 24.9-km-long and will have 17 elevated stations. It will connect the eastern suburbs of Mumbai and the major station will include Kapurbawdi in Thane (West), Balkum Naka, Kasheli, Kalher, Purna, Anjur Phata, Dhamankar Naka, Bhiwandi, Gopal Nagar, Temghar, Rajnouli Village, Goregaon MIDC, Kongaon, Durgadi Fort, Sahajanand Chowk, Kalyan Railway Station. The project is expected to be completed by 2022.

On the other hand, Line 9 of the Mumbai Metro will be 10.41 km long. It will be a fully elevated route and is an extension of Mumbai Metro Line 7 from Dahisar East. The proposed route will cut down the travel distance between the Mira-Bhayandar and Mumbai suburbs by approximately 30 km and is expected to complete by 2022-23.

The estimated cost of both the projects will be 8,416 crore and 6,607 crore respectively.

He also launched the Navi Mumbai town planning authority CIDCO’S (City & Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) mass-housing scheme worth Rs 18,000 crore, which offers around 89,771 affordable units under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).