Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated work for two important metro rail projects for Mumbai at the MMRDA Grounds at Bandra Kurla Complex on Sunday.The two elevated metro lines are Dahisar East-Andheri East (16.50-km) and Dahisar East-Charkop-DN Nagar (18.60-km).
Maharashtra has kept an ambitious schedule for both the metro corridors to be completed on March 2019, which is only three-and-a-half years from now despite Mumbai throwing up all possible challenges to implement such a project.
As per the contract, the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar had a construction period of just over four years, to be completed in March 2012. Work began in February 2008 but was completed and opened to public only on June 8, 2014, which is a period of six years and four months. There were several hurdles at the construction stage, right from utilities, missing utility maps, permissions from various authorities, land acquisition, etc.
Authorities are optimistic about the latest two metro lines, as Dahisar East-Andheri East metro line should not face many hurdles of Right of Way on the broad Western Express Highway. Similarly, officials are of the opinion that it is easier to implement the project between Dahisar East and DN Nagar as compared to Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor.
However, land acquisition for car depots is still pending for both the lines, apart from initiating tendering process as well as getting into agreement with international financing agencies to borrow funds upto 48% of the project cost of each metro line.
The completion cost of 18.60-km long Dahisar East-Charkop-DN Nagar metro line has been pegged at Rs 6,410 crore, whereas Dahisar East-Andheri East line has an estimated price tag of Rs 6,208 crore.
Fares have been fixed at Rs 10 to travel upto 3 km, Rs 20 for 3-12 km of commute and Rs 30 for above 12 km.
Dahisar East – Charkop – DN Nagar (Metro-2 Phase-1)
Length: 18.60 km
Total Stations: 17
Base Cost: Rs 4,994 crore
Completion Cost: Rs 6,410 crore
Difference: Rs 1,416 crore
Deadline: March 2019
Dahisar East – Andheri East
Length: 16.50 km
Total Stations: 16
Base Cost: Rs 4,737 crore
Completion Cost: Rs 6,208 crore
Difference: Rs 1,471 crore
Deadline: March 2019