Mumbai Metro V, VI get nod

Work on Metro V and VI is expected to start in 2018, as Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has approved the projects.
The Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro V and Lokhandwala-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli-Kanjurmarg Metro VI projects will now be placed before the state cabinet for approval following which, tenders will be invited for the same.
Fadnavis said that with the approval of these two new corridors, the state government has cleared close to 170 kilometres of Metro networks in the city in just two years. “The previous government took 8 years to approve 10 km of Metro network but now, with this, we have approved 13 times more network in just two years,“ said Fadnavis. He added that all the projects will be started by 2018 and completed within 4 years of starting.
The CM said that a Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be prepared to connect Dahisar to Mira Road via the Metro. The stretch between Mira Road and Virar has witnessed boom in population due to cheaper housing options.
However, this has led to overcrowded trains, which in turn, has increased the number of incidents of people falling down from over crowded compartments The 24-km long Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro V corridor will have 17 stations while the 14.5-km long Lokhandwala-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli-Kanjurmarg Metro VI corridor will have 13 stations.
Sources said that Metro VI, a crucial East-West corridor, will help decongest JVLR, SV Road and Link road. Both Metro V and VI will also take load of suburban railway systems on CR as well as WR.
The Rs 259-crore project for widening the rail overbridge at Kopri, Thane (east) was also approved by MMRDA. He said, “The existing 2+2 lane bridge will give way to a new 4+4 lane bridge with service roads.
The Chief Minister also launched the logo conceptualized for Mumbai Metro Corridors.

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