The Maharashtra cabinet gave the green light for two Metro corridors--Metro V (Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan) and Metro VI (Swami Samarth Nagar (Andheri west)-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli). The cabinet has given in principle approval for Metro VI and has sought a detailed project report. The two elevated corridors will have interchanges with existing and under-construction Metro corridors and also with the suburban railway network in the city.
The 14.47-km Metro VI corridor, which will have 13 stations, is likely to be constructed by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. It will be an extension to Metro IIA (D N Nagar-Dahisar), resulting in a total 33 km network providing east-west connectivity. “This corridor will connect business hubs like Seepz, L&T and IIT-Powai areas. It is expected to be completed by 2021 and nearly 6.5 lakh commuters are likely to use it daily,“ said a Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority official, adding minimum fare will be Rs.10 and maximum be Rs.30. The car depot for the project has been planned at Kanjurmarg.
Of the estimated Rs.6,716 crore Metro VI project cost, MMRDA will fund Rs.3,195 crore, state Rs.1,820 crore, and the rest will be raised as loans.
The 24-km Metro V corridor (Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan) will link neighbouring cities to Mumbai and have 17 stations. The project cost has been pegged at around Rs.8,240 crore and is expected to be completed by 2021. Around 2.3 lakh daily commuters are expected to benefit from this corridor, which will be connected to two other proposed routes--Metro IV(Wadala-Thane-Kasarwadavli) and Metro XI (Taloja-Kalyan).
According to MMRDA officials, a total of 360 km-long Metro network will be constructed across the state, most of which will be in Mumbai and adjoining cities, in the next four to five years.