Work on ambitious Metro Line-3 project to commence from next financial year: MMRC

“The work on the ambitious 33 -Km long Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 corridor will commence from the ensuing financial year and there will be no shifting of the project affected families without proper rehabilitation and public consultation”, said Ms. Ashwini Bhide, Managing Director, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) while addressing the media today. Ashwini Bhide, MMRDA

Allaying the fears of wide-spread displacement of project affected families and project delay, Ms. Bhide reiterated that, MMRC is coordinating with other concerned organizations like MCGM, MHADA, SRA, MbPT to explore the best possible options for temporary and permanent rehabilitation. “We will not shift anyone without proper rehabilitation and the entire process will be completed through public consultation”.

On the project completion, Ms. Bhide said the project is expected to be complete by 2020. “Most of the requisite permissions and in-principle approvals from the related authorities are in hand for shifting different utilities and services. The land acquisition from the Government is at an advanced stage. In view of all the preparedness, we are confident of completing the project in the stipulated period”.

Ms. Bhide, accompanied by senior officials, was addressing a press conference at MMRC headquarters in Bandra-Kurla Complex. Prior to the press conference, the MMRC Managing Director made a detailed presentation to the media persons.

The project across the 33.5-Km length will require 39.09 Ha of land, out of which 27.29 Ha is only for temporary period and private land required is mere 2.25 Ha. The Metro-3 project will require a total of 11.80 Ha of land on permanent basis, out of which 8.70 Ha belongs to the Government and the remaining 3.20 Ha. land is private, Ms. Bhide informed.

“Team MMRC also has adequate experience of rehabilitation of PAPs”, Ms. Bhide asserted when asked about the project’s impact on old structures in Girgaon and Kalbadevi.

The MMRC Managing Director also stated that in all 2044 trees will be transplanted and the Corporation has identified the site for plantation and transplantation of the same. The MMRC has conducted elaborate environment and geological impact assessment studies, she said.