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The Maharashtra government has given its nod to the extension of Mumbai Metro 4A route that will operate between Kasarvadavali and Gaikmukh. The project extension was approved in a recently held cabinet meeting wherein the government has allowed MMRDA to start raising funds from national as well as international banking and financial institutions for the project.

According to the government sources, the estimated cost of the project will be 949 crores and the deadline to complete the project is March 2022. CM Devendra Fadnavis, who is also the chairman of MMRDA, has already given his approval to the detailed project report (DPR) of the extension during the start of the year.

The Route

The complete stretch will be 2.7 km long and will have two stations at Gowniwada and Gaimukh. The metro corporation has ensured that the corridor must cover the entire Ghodbunder Road in Thane city. Also, it is expected to reduce the current travel time within the whole area between 50% and 75%.

Moreover, this route will further enhance the interconnectivity among the existing Eastern Express Roadway, the ongoing Metro Line 2B (D N Nagar to Mandale), and the proposed Metro Line 5 (Thane to Kalyan), Metro Line 6 (Swami Samarth Nagar to Vikhroli), Metro Line 8 (Wadala to General Post Office) Central Railway, and Mono Rail.

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Maha CM has laid the foundation stone of the two new routes of the Mumbai Metro, in order to improve suburban areas connectivity. These metro routes are Metro-9 from Dahisar to Meera Bhayandar and Metro-7 from Andheri to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.