With the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) planning to extend the Metro rail route, people will be able to commute from Mankhurd to as far as Dahisar once the service is thrown open to the public. According to officials, the route planned from Versova to Ghatkopar will end at Mankhurd, while the one that was to terminate at Charkop will be extended till Dahisar. The extensions will benefit nearly two-and-a-half lakh people and cost MMRDA an additional Rs 3,500 crore, a government official said. “Eight to 10 additional stations will be built on the extended routes. More than 75% work on the Versova-Ghatkopar stretch is completed and the line will be ready by October,” MMRDA spokesman Dilip Kawathkar said. “The Metro rail will link Mankhurd through Andheri. But of the 12 stations, only three stations are ready at present,” an official said. The MMRDA is also planning to extend the Metro route from Mankhurd to the proposed Navi Mumbai airport. “A Metro line between the airport and Sewri will benefit people who travel to the island city,” the official added.